Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sungold: How Sweet It Is

Sungold tomatoes are my favorite cherry tomato. Mere words cannot describe their true sensory delight; once you try them, you will cry tears of joy.

Even the plant itself is richly fragrant--I don't like to wash my hands after I've picked Sungolds, because I love the scent left by brushing against the leaves. The taste of the bite-sized orange globe is at once sweet, fruity, tangy--some have described it as though it is a fine dessert wine: "sweet, rich, and complex" or "tropical and winey".

But it is better than wine, with no hangover.

It has one of the highest brix levels for a small tomato. Brix is the measurement of the carbohydrate level of plant juices; or in terms simple enough for me to understand--how sweet it is. However, the high brix level is balanced by a slight acid tang, and tomato paradise is achieved.

In spite of the fact that it is a hybrid, and I prefer growing heirloom tomatoes, Sungold has remained my favorite cherry tomato. It is a very dependable plant and will produce masses of bright orange 1" fruits from spring through fall.

I purchased a sungold plant this year from Farmers Grain Company in Edmond, a delightfully rustic store that has been in business since 1922. But for my 2009 garden, I will plant my own Sungold seeds in indoor pots and plant the seedlings in March. Updates to follow!

3 comments:

  1. Oh, yummy! I planted my first Sungolds this year, and we're just starting to get ripe tomatoes here in the cool Pac NW. So I've discovered what you already knew...Sungolds are deLISH & sweet. Your photo makes me want to pluck one right off the vine!

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  2. Glad you planted some LadyJ! Are yours vining all over the place like mine are? Have you noticed that distinctive fragrance?

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  3. My Sungolds aren't as vigorous as my Stupice is; it's taking over the town. I have noticed the wonderful fragrance of the tomato leaves; I love that!

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