Tomato Mandarin Cross

Large orange/yellow round beefsteak heritage tomato on indeterminate plants.

Description

This Orange/Yellow relatively large (5-8 ounce) fairly round tomato has a sweet flavour and a smooth texture without getting to be mealy. We grew it in 2014 when it didn’t crop as well as Summer Cider although (in some respects) it was better (it doesn’t have the fluted skin of Summer Cider and is therefore easier to skin if you want to).

It also has more juice than Summer Cider, but this means less flesh. However, they seem to keep better that Summer Cider once picked.

Its a vigorous plant with lots of leaves (which makes it a nuisance in the UK where there’s not much sunlight and the leaves should be taken off to help the fruit ripen.

It is said to be a Japanese variety dating back to 1964.

We like it but have to find space against other orange varieties.

Mandarin Cross
Mandarin Cross
Mandarin Cross

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Beefsteak
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: 5-8 ounce
  • Fruit Colour: Orange
  • Flesh Colour: Orange
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid
  • Taste: Sweet, smooth & even
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-8
  • Truss Spacing: 12-18 inches
  • Alternatives: Jubilee, Summer Cider, Marizol Gold
  • Our Source: Renee's Garden

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