Name that tomato...plus.

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Russell Atterbury

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Name that tomato...plus.
« on: September 16, 2021, 15:23 »
I have been working on a house where the lady owner grew these tomato. And I have to say that they are a cut above most for taste. I have a half dozen or so ripe ones to try and get seed. Can any of you put a name to them, and let me know if it's possible to grow them from seed? I'm thinking about all the ones that are not good for this.
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Re: Name that tomato...plus.
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2021, 08:57 »
There is a heirloom variety called Red Pear which grows prolifically like that with clusters of fruit.
 
Franchi seeds have a big beef steak variety that they call Franchi Red Pear, but there is also a small cherry tomato sized one around just called Red Pear, which might be your mystery tom.
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Re: Name that tomato...plus.
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2021, 09:21 »
There is a heirloom variety called Red Pear which grows prolifically like that with clusters of fruit.
 
Franchi seeds have a big beef steak variety that they call Franchi Red Pear, but there is also a small cherry tomato sized one around just called Red Pear, which might be your mystery tom.

I grew red pear this year & they were huge!
Iíve also grown a similar one to yours Russell that was called Santonio F1, looks more like the smaller of the 2 in your photo, not shaped as in the first picture
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Re: Name that tomato...plus.
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2021, 11:47 »
Wondering if the small pair of red toms on the right are San Marzano, as while they sometimes get enormous, we've had quite a lot exactly like those this year!

If you cut it open, and there are very few seeds, that might be another pointer to SM...

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Re: Name that tomato...plus.
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2021, 15:44 »
Thanks to you all for your input. mumofstig link to Red Fig is an interesting lead. They look incredibly similar to the ones i posted, and the write up seems very accurate. If they are Red Fig, is it bad news on seed viability???......like being F1. Not so bad in reality, because at least i have a name now. Just to say that the lady was given the plant via the friend of a friend and will never know herself which variety they are.....but she will be well pleased if they do turn out to be the named ones.

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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2021, 17:20 »
Found other suppliers that say it's an 18th C heirloom, not F1 at all  ::)
 For example     https://www.victoriananursery.co.uk/Tomato-Seed-Red-Fig/
and   https://www.seedsavers.org/red-fig-organic-tomato



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