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.)
This tiny tomato is the most minuscule I’ve seen, but it sure isn’t one to disappoint. It produces tons of pea-sized golden-yellow tomatoes.
The Yellow Currant tomato has a strong, sweet, and tart flavour, making it great for snacking on all by itself. It’s juicy, and its bright colour looks nice in salads, too.
Read my Harrowsmith Jr. blog about Yellow Currant. I Love this tomato!
I was super happy to get the chance to sit down and talk about gardening and my book with Paul Zammit from Toronto Botanical Garden!