We stopped in Pittsburgh on a recent trip, and our bug mentor Jessica Walliser invited Dad and I to join her on her radio show. Here is the podcast link: https://kdkaradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/talking-tomatoes-figs-lemons-steve-emma-biggs-toronto
Here is a tomato relative to try out on friends who don’t like tomatoes. Just don’t tell them that it has “tomato” in its name. I have friends who don’t like fresh tomatoes, but love this fantastic fruit!
I love litchi tomato for its flavour. But it is prickly. Don’t grow it too close to the pathway, because its prickles will grab you.
Prickly and Mean
When I first saw this tomato relative, also known as Morelle de Balbis (or Solanum sisymbriifolium if you’re into Latin names) my tour guide at the trial garden I was visiting described it as “thorny and mean.” I agree, it can be mean, so I make sure to leave lots of space when I’m working nearby! (At a distance, though, they are really quite beautiful.)