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Sungold Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes are some sort of a genetic mixture between a regular tomato and a wild type of tomato. These tomatoes are one of the most popular varieties of cherry tomatoes. This variety of cherry tomatoes stays firmer for a longer period than other varieties, and once they began producing fruit they can be harvested up to twice a week. Their name comes from their golden-orange color and they’re best harvested during the summer.

 

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Solanales

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Solanum

Species: S. Lycopersicum

Variety: cerasiforme

Trinomial name: Solanum Lycopersicum var. Cerasiforme

Sungold Tomato Trivia

  • In general, tomatoes are considered fruits because they have seeds, but it is commonly known as a vegetable
  • The first salsa recipe of the Aztecs contained cherry tomatoes in it
  • People used to be afraid of tomatoes thinking they’re poisonous

Sungold Tomato Buying Guide

Just like any other regular or cherry tomato, choose those that are firm, but for this particular variety, they should have a bright golden-orange color that is very unique.

It is always a plus if you can also get them on the vines, always choose those that are firmly attached to the vine. Avoid any blemishes and bruises.

Sungold Tomato Production & Farming in Texas

Just like any other tomato, Sungold tomatoes are also perfectly grown in the state of Texas. They require direct sunlight for most of the day and will tolerate any heat pretty well. The rows should be spaced around 48 inches apart, it may be tempting to put them closer while planting but don’t be fooled, this will only increase the chance of diseases.

 

Pesticides

 

In 2018, tomatoes were listed in Dirty Dozen which was a list containing twelve different fruits and vegetables that had high amounts of pesticides. Tomatoes were 9th on the list.

 

Geography

 

Caspar Bauhin who was a Swiss botanist with the first direct reference of Cherry Tomatoes in his work labeled Pinax theatri botanici. They’ve been in popular in the U.S since the year 1919.

 

In Texas, water them twice a week. Try to water them early in the day as this will help reduce diseases since the plant will dry before the evening. Don’t feed them too much before the fruit sets, but after that happens, feed them regularly. They can be harvested as soon as they get that bright color.

 

Packaging

 

Cherry Tomatoes are usually found packaged in small plastic containers. Paperboard is said to be more environmentally friendly, endures that sweet taste, and looks better.

Enjoying Sungold Tomatoes

These sweet and snack-sized vegetables can be eaten in many different ways. But, most usually, they’re eaten fresh off the vine, on a party platter, thrown in a salad, or used in pasta. They can be cooked, roasted, use them in salsa, or as a snack to dip in a sauce.

 

Storage

 

Fresh and mature cherry tomatoes shouldn’t be stored in the refrigerator. This will get rid of its sweet taste. They shouldn’t be placed in hot spots as this would make them spoil very quickly. They’re best kept at room temperature and may last for up to 3 days like that before they’re ready for use.

 

Cooking

 

Sungold Tomatoes are very popular with pasta which amused me. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pepper flakes, garlic, the tomatoes, and season it with salt while it is cooking. Cook for about ten to twelve minutes and press down the tomatoes until they release their juices. Prepare the pasta as per usual and after you’ve drained it, bring it to the skillet where the tomatoes are. Cook it for an additional minute while stirring and adding oil, cheese, and basil. When the sauce thickens enough, remove it from the heat and serve.

When Are Sungold Tomatoes in Season in Texas?

To find out when Sungold Tomatoes are in season in Texas, please check the seasonal chart below. Why is this important? We are rarely encouraged to think about the physical lengths our food travels before arriving on the market shelves. And all of this travel comes with a hefty environmental cost that is concealed from the consumer’s eye. One of the most salient benefits to eating seasonally is that you are effectively reducing your carbon footprint and supporting a more geographically sustainable food economy. Check other fruit and veg that’s in season in Texas now.

Nutrition

DV%

  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 20.8 1%
  • Carbs: 4.1g 1%
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g 4%
  • Protein: 1.4g 3%
  • Fat: 0.4g 1%
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1g 0%
  • Trans Fat 0g 0%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 32mg 1%
  • Vitamin C 12.5mg 21%
  • Vitamin A 0IU 0%
  • Calcium 15.3mg 2%
  • Iron 0.7mg 4%
  • Potassium 359mg 10%
  • Vitamin B6 0.1mg 4%
  • Folate 41.7mcg 10%
  • Magnesium 16.7mg 4%
  • Phosphorus 50mg 5%
  • Manganese 0.2mg 8%
  • Copper 0.1mg 7%
  • Zinc 0.4mg 3%

Seasonality

When are Sungold Tomatoes in season in Texas?

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

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