Our Favorites: Blue Cream Berries Tomato
As we're planting seeds in the greenhouse, it reminds us of prior years growing and tending each through leaf, flower, fruit and seed stages. We plant so many varieties (over 120+) and there are some that are more exciting than others. We'd like to showcase some of these varieties on our blog. Our first showcase is the Blue Cream Berries Tomato that originated from Wild Boar Farms seed stock.
It is a super-sweet cherry tomato, with super high cream berries which are super prolific. These boast a delicate but complex flavor and a beautiful cream color with purple-blue splashes on the shoulder. Here's what's so exciting about these gems: They are among the blue tomato families that have been cross-pollinated to produce high levels of anthocyanins, a class of pigments responsible for the blue and purple colours of many fruits, including blueberries, blackberries and chokeberries. Anthocyanins have been suggested to have health benefits because of their antioxidant properties.
But that's not all, when you learn about Brad Gates, the man who brought these beauties to market. Brad is known in the California Bay area as “the tomato guy.” He - like us - has always loved the outdoors and plants. Many years ago, he began growing “those weird non-red tomatoes.” Brad is proprietor of Wild Boar Farms near Napa, California, where he offers some of the most outrageous tomatoes available on the planet. Using heirloom mutations as a foundation, he cross-pollinates creating new tomato varieties that are colorful, striped with extreme flavor and fascinating looks.