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An unusual variety with a mystery. We are the only ones who have all answers to this clue.
1. Original Name: Kumato.
2. History: Kumato is a trade name. It was originally developed in Spain under the name of 'Olmeca'.
In the 1970s, Luis Ortega went with his father to the fields belonging to their family in the village of Agra (Almerian coast). He noted that the tomatoes growing at the end of the field where there was less water and the soil was salty were of a different color but had a more intense taste and a pleasant flavor. At that time he took a decision to grow tomatoes like these. But these tomatoes needed a special climate with little moisture and salty soil. However, it was not a problem for the Mediterranean coast.
Later the Swiss agribusiness Syngenta became the patent holder and is now in charge of distributing fruits only. However, there are rumors that it is a stable variety because it is widespread now maintaining its plant specifications. Except for one specification being its flavor profile. More is to follow...
3. Plant Specifications: Mid-season. Indeterminate, tall bush, growing up to 6 feet (180 cm) tall. Thin stem, dark green regular leaf. Regular truss. 5-6 fruits per truss.
4. Training Instructions: This variety can be trained to two or three main stems. Pruning and staking are a must.
5. Shape and Weight: Round and smooth, sometimes with barely visible ribs. It is possible to detect the number of seed cavities judging by the number of ribs. As a rule, there are two, three or four seed cavities. Weight: 2.8-4.2 oz. (80-120 g).
6. Color: An unusual color. Here are its secrets. These tomatoes usually ripen from the inside out. The hues of the skin can range from dark brown to golden-green.
When the fruits are brown (with a mild flavor) it is preferable to use them for hot dishes. Brown fruits with red spots have the best flavor. Brown fruits with green spots are ideal for eating fresh. The color of the flesh ranges from dark red and green to brown.
7. Flavor Profile: Kumato tomatoes are usually sweeter than other tomatoes due to their high fructose content. However, a lot depends on the soil as well. It would be unreasonable to recommend growing them in a salty soil because we have a black soil here with a small admixture of sand. It would be enough just not to water them too often so that they could demonstrate their nature and become sweet. The taste is overall sweet and slightly tart but well-balanced with a bright full aroma.
The flesh is sugary, glossy, firm and meaty but also very juicy. Thick walls.
8. Culinary Use: Kumato is a universal variety. Very delicious for fresh salads but also a good choice for canning. The fruits keep well for up to two weeks at the room temperature. You shoud not store (any) tomatoes in a refrigerator because they can lose their sweet taste. No cracks on the skin.
It is an old variety that has long been tested for its stability. Medium productivity but these tomatoes have a perfect taste and can keep well. Perfect for gardening, markets or storage at home.