My first tomato fruit has formed, and though many of us would have put our money on it being a good old Gardener’s Delight, it’s Costoluto Genovese that has dropped the first fruit.
This is one of three tomato varieties I am growing this year (mentioned previously here). It’s a big, Italian beefsteak type with deep, thick ribs in it, the kind where one slice of it could cover a whole sandwich. This little baby above is currently only 2cm wide, but I don’t think it will be long before I am finding out what they taste like. I’ve never eaten a tomato remotely like it before.
I get the sense already that each year this will be the moment I look forward to the most, tasting that year’s exciting new variety of tomato and seeing if it passes muster. When I am old and rich this passion will have expanded so much that I shall have my own dedicated tomato greenhouse, and in it grow hundreds and hundreds of different varieties.
For now, I impatiently wait for this particular little fruit to ripen. Hopefully the first of many to come.