Yellow pear tomatoes are beautiful to look at and highly productive. They are an old heirloom variety of tomato that dates back to the 1700's and it is still widely grown today. They are reasonably common in Australia today and sometimes even appear in supermarkets. Being so old and still being widely grown today means that this variety must have something going for it. Each year after the season is over I kick myself for not taking photos as they are truly beautiful.
|Yellow pear tomato|
The year my first son was born I got some yellow pear tomato seeds. The plants and fruit were amazing. We have saved seed and planted them each year since then, partly out of sentiment and partly because I like this variety.
|Yellow pear tomato seeds|
|Yellow Pear Tomatoes - I wish I took more pictures earlier in the season|
The plants grow vigorously, we have had plants grow to well over 6 feet tall in the past. We try to stake the plants as best we can, honestly I am a bit too relaxed with that kind of thing. If you do not stake them the plants gladly root anywhere they touch the soil creating a giant patch of a tomato plant with tempting delicious fruit that is fairly inaccessible without stepping on the stems.
|Yellow Pear Tomato flowers|
They taste rather sweet, but they do lack the rich taste of a nice paste tomato or something like that. We mostly eat them raw in salads or out of hand while walking in the garden. They can be cooked or turned into sauce but there are better varieties that have a deeper taste and darker colour if that is your plan.
|Yellow pear tomatoes, slight variation in fruit shape|
|This one was a bit old so the colour is a little off|