In the midst of the great tomato cull on the weekend I came across this interesting fellow. He was in the majorly overcrowded pot alongside the Mortgage Lifter, Green Zebra, Black Russian and Tigerella (which never fruited). He was not a member of either of these four families. He seemed to be attached, or an offshoot of the mortgage lifter, but was oxheart not beefsteak in shape.
He had yellow and red markings, but not as in a Tigerella, and inside he was both yellow and red in colour. Quite like a Hillbilly, except that the current Hillbillies in the balcony garden are mere seedlings, racing time to see if they can fruit before the weather turns. Mislabelled plant? Seems all but the Tigerella fruited in this lot, and this fellow definitely appeared to be a shoot off the Mortgage Lifter.
His flavour was softer than a normal tomato, without the citrus overtones of a Green Zebra and nowhere near the punch of flavour contained in either Black Russian or Mortgage Lifter.
What is this interesting tomato fellow and where did he come from? Any ideas? Cross polination with the nearby yellow low acid? I am at a loss, but he made a nice addition to my salad at lunch (alongside golden beetroot leaves, lettuce, lemon basil, a green zebra and some strawberry spinach from the garden, the avocado and carrots were ring ins from the markets)
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