Sunday, October 05, 2008

From Folklore to Fantastic Fruit

Momotaro is a hero in Japanese folklore, sort-of an ancient Japanese version of James and the Giant Peach.
The popular tale teaches children the virtues of courage, teamwork, and generosity.
More info here.
(image by Storycard Theatre)

Momotaro is also the name of a Japanese pink tomato--just like the one I have growing in my garden.
My first ever home-grown tomato!
This is the best tasting tomato I've ever eaten.
And the plant itself has this amazing earthy fragrance.

I copied the following info from the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper:
"Momotaro is a beautiful rose-pink tomato that features meaty flesh and has truly superb, intense tomato flavor; a fine blend of sugars and acids – truly scrumptious. The fruit is medium-sized and generously produced on hybrid, indeterminate plants that bear over a long season. The plants are easy to grow and quite disease-resistant. The large plants require staking or caging.

I strongly suggest that you sample Momotaro in your garden. I'll be very surprised if you don't really enjoy it.

Here is where you can now get seeds, and in one case plants, for Momotaro tomato":

TERRITORIAL SEED CO., P.O. Box 158, Cottage Grove, OR 97424; phone (800) 626-0866; on the Web at Also has Momotaro plants.

TOMATO GROWERS SUPPLY CO., P.O. Box 60015, Fort Myers, FL 33906; phone (888) 478-7333; on the Web at

NICHOLS GARDEN NURSERY, 1190 Old Salem Road N.E., Albany, OR 97321; phone (800) 422-3985; on the Web at

Note I bought my tomato plant at Kniffings Nursery, 14940 Oak Creek Road, El Cajon, CA 92021.

If you ever have a chance to hear Steve Goto speak, be sure to check him out.
He's considered THE tomato expert.

Texas tomato cages
offer the most long-lasting support for your plants.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very nice addition to the information I have on Momotoro Tomato. A few years ago I was in southern California and visited several farmers markets. Growers began asking if we had Momotoro seed or could get it. I discovered it was offered in this country as "Tough Boy" which didn't sound like a good tomato. Momotaro is wonderful. For a few years we grew an ornamental edible public garden here in OR. Momotoro was the single variety regularly filched by visitors. I'm glad to see other companies are now offering it for sale. Nothing is better for a vegetable variety than for gardeners to grow and eat it.
Rose Marie Nichols McGee

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done for growing it. If it's not an F1 Hybrid you might find that you can get more true plants from saved seed for next year.

4:56 PM  
Blogger MrBrownThumb said...

That's cool. I like plants that have some kind of history either a real one or a connection like this tomato.

5:18 PM  

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