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Tomaccios - Sundried Tomato Raisins

There’s a new tomato variety custom-made for those of you who like sweet grape tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes. It’s called Tomaccio, and it combines the qualities of candy-sweet grape tomatoes with the intense flavor of sun-dried tomatoes when dried.

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a totally new tomato plant introduction, and this one was worth waiting for. Based on a wild Peruvian variety, Tomaccio is the result of a 12-year breeding program in Israel, aimed at producing clusters of tiny tomatoes that dry on the stem.

If you haven’t gotten hooked on sun-dried tomatoes, you’re already missing a treat. Mixed into salads for a hint of sweetness, drizzled on pizza, baked into bread and muffins, added to sauces or stuffing, sun-dried tomatoes are a gourmet cook’s secret weapon. Tomaccios provide all the above in a candy-like raisin size when dried. They make a great snack when sprinkled on toasted crusty bread with a little olive oil.

Tomaccio vines can climb 12 to 14 feet in a season if you have a good pole or trellis for them to grow on. They start bearing fruit early in the season and continue until frost, bearing as much as 18 pounds of fruit on a single plant. We have quart and gallon-size pots in our garden center that are already loaded with fruit.

There are comparable grape tomatoes for fresh eating, such as “Sweet Million” and “Supersweet 100”, but nothing comparable for drying. Tomaccio has a very high sugar content and reaches its peak sweetness just as it starts to turn pink, so early harvesting is recommended. If Tomaccio has a flaw it’s a tendency to crack if not watered regularly.

If you love tiny sweet tomatoes but dried tomatoes don’t appeal to you, another choice is the sweet yellow pear tomato. We’ve carried these for several years and we’re hooked; customers snack on the little morsels right off the vines while shopping in our garden center.

One more thing, while we’re talking about tomatoes: people still ask us for “Miracle-Gro” to feed tomatoes. We recommend something better: “Tomato-Tone” by Espoma. This is an old-fashioned meal-based powdered fertilizer from a real fertilizer mill, meant to be mixed with the soil when you plant. Tomato Tone actually builds your garden soil while it feeds your plants.
You get one chance to fertilize this way, mixing the fertilizer so the roots can find it as they grow. It’s a far better way to feed plants than pouring stuff on top later, and it’s also organic.