What are ugly tomatoes? Chances are you've grown some, if you grow the oldtime, heritage varieties. There are several things that the term ugly tomato includes:
|All sizes and shapes!|
|Black cherry tomatoes. Surprisingly, most of these are ripe.|
|A few of these tomatoes are showing "cat-facing"|
|Lots of ugly tomatoes!|
4. Crazy shapes: the heirloom varieties are especially likely to grow odd ridges, deep valleys, weird protuberances that look like noses, etc. I love these bumpy, strange tomatoes because they taste so good! The round red tomato so favored for years has seen its heyday, I think. Now people are discovering the rich variety of flavors available to them and exploring all kinds of other tomatoes--and most of these delicious oldtime types are not readily available in the supermarket so people are seeking them from local growers. All of which is good news in my book.
|This tomato shows some cat-facing, the odd shape, a little color variation, and it cracked in the stem area when it was picked. Four for four!|
Are you growing any ugly tomatoes this year?
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