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Harrowsmith Jr. – Yellow Currant Delivers Crazy Harvests of Mini Tomatoes

This delicious currant-sized tomato is also a great option if you fall victim to wildlife tomato theft.

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.

A Great Lunchbox Tomato

School lunch bags and tomatoes don’t mix. Almost every time I try to take one to school, they crack and tomato juice ends up everywhere! These tomatoes though, have a very thick skin. Put them in a container in your lunch bag, and it’s very unlikely that they’ll crack, even if they get shaken around a lot. If you or your kids like to take tomatoes to school or work for lunch, then this is the tomato for you!

In tomato season, I harvest about 100 tomatoes from one of these super vigorous plants every three days. It amazes me every single time! Yes, sometimes I actually take the time to count all of them, just to see whether it is the most that I’ve ever picked.

 

Sharing with Wildlife

We have lots of squirrels in our backyard. The problem is that squirrels love tomatoes. And it seems that they especially like mine. This tomato plant is so productive, that it won’t really matter is they take a couple. And, with these tiny toms, they actually eat the whole tomato instead of taking only a couple of bites – which they do with my big beefsteak tomatoes – discarding the rest. It really annoys me, especially when they leave them on the deck just outside the kitchen window where I see them when I’m eating breakfast. They probably do it to taunt me!

 

Grow Your Own

When I got my first Yellow Currant tomato plant from my tomato mentor, Linda Crago, at Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm I didn’t know what to expect. Now, every year, I make space for it in my garden.

Look for Yellow Currant tomatoes at seed companies specializing in heirloom and open-pollinated tomato varieties. My friend Colette at Urban Harvest also sells seed for this awesome tomato.

This variety grows up into big, branching plants that require support so that the tomatoes are easier to pick. I recommend using a trellis or a tomato cage to control this crazy, branching tomato.

Want lots of tomatoes? Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, this is the variety; it’s amazingly productive and delicious!

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