Large Red Cherry Tomato
Originally from Ben Quisenberry, a tomato collector from Syracuse, Ohio. Extremely productive plants yield large 1½-2" cherry tomatoes. Great full flavor. Ben preferred this variety for canning whole. A favorite for salads and fresh eating.
- 75-80 days from transplant
- Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
- Cherry tomatoes grow to 1-2 inches
- Great full flavor
- Very productive
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Store your tomatoes at room temperature. The flavor and texture of tomatoes suffer when the fruit is chilled.
Heirloom tomatoes are bred for their flavor and simple preparation best allows that intense flavor to shine through. Tomatoes can be sliced and drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper or layer slices with basil and mozzarella for a Caprese salad.
Roasted tomatoes have a richer, concentrated flavor.
There are hundreds of salsa recipes to try and most are dramatically improved with the use of heirloom tomatoes. Tomatoes are also the main ingredient in Gazpacho, a cold soup that is perfect for summer.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
- Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
- Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Ratings & Reviews
I found these to be very resilient in Central PA. I planted back in 2018 and got several volunteers in 2019 and several more volunteers this Sumer, 2020. Last year there were so many tomatoes on the volunteers and they are very tasty.
Wonderful cherry tomato!
I have this planted in a self watering patio planter. It's August 19th and I have already picked 92 tomatoes with lots more to go. So tasty in salads! It is at least 8 feet tall. Had to tie it to my gutter and it has reached the garage roof. Very clean foliage. Love it!
I live in Southern California and started these in February. It is now late August and I can not believe how huge this plant got. It is producing and producing - growing and growing. I had no idea it would get so big! What a wonderful surprise!
Best Small Tomato
I have grown these every year for many years. Super productive. Old-fashioned taste I love. Many don't make it to the house. Great to can whole or add to salads.
Strong, productive, but meh taste
Despite its hardy and large growth and prolific fruits, I was very disappointed with this. Admittedly, its main growing season was in part shade and it was planted in a pot, but the Mexican Midget tomatoes were really good, while this was meh. The flesh was a little too fleshy and there was no sweetness at all. It may be due to the relative lack of light, in which case be warned.
Productive and Delicious
I grew these several years ago, and loved the rich, balanced flavor. Then, for lack of space, for the last few years I've grown more unusual, "unique" varieties. But I'll have to come back to this one:-) It has a classic yummy flavor, produces boatloads for me, and I think has earned a spot in the yard. Some of my odder varieties have let me down, not this guy.
Prolific & wonderful flavor!
Prolific! Larger than typical cherries so a few are perfect for a serving but smaller than full size so is ripe before bugs can get it. Great tomato flavor, medium acidity so is wonderful for sauce. Firm enough for freezing. I will grow cherry tomatoes for eating off the vine but will grow these for kitchen.
My Only Cherry Tomato
I love these Large Red Cherry tomatoes so much that I add them to a varietal blend of Celebrity Plus, Amish Paste, Juliet Roma and Rutgers250 tomatoes for my pasta sauce. I grow NO other cherry tomato. These do seem to be impacted by various blights but I generally keep the stems pruned leaving only one branch just below the lowest flowering bunch- helps air flow and keeps blight at bay. The plant itself is hardy and quite vigorous. It's mid-September and I'm still picking and there's tons of green small tomatoes and flowers abounding. I expect to harvest right up to the first hard frost. My new tactic is to grow a couple in 15 gal 20in high potato grow bags in my poly tunnel next year to keep the plants producing throughout the late fall into winter along with my cole crops - I do heat that polytunnel but only to low 40's - it should do okay through early Dec here in Z7a.