Today’s post was going to be on the progress of the Easter weekend sowing of Garden Pearl and Tumbler. However I’ve experienced a technical hitch on the accompanying photo front. (It’s not that they are determinate (ly) hiding their light under a bush (el) but more of an uploading issue!)
So instead I’ll profile Carbon, one of the 10 varieties of tomato I am growing from seed. (To date I have profiled : Alicante, Black Cherry, Gardeners Delight, Moneymaker, Shirley and Sungold. Still to come : Garden Pearl (Gartenperle), Red Robin, Tigerella and Tumbler.
To eat, Carbon is:
- Medium to large fruit, 8 to 12 oz in weight, nice big fruit.
- Good meaty core, creamy texture.
- Good taste, rich and sweet, tasty, complex flavour, exceptionally rich yet sweet, delicious, rich flavour, tangy, smoky flavour, rich earthy sweet flavour, outstanding taste, season with salt and pepper and it tastes like meat/steak/bacon.
- Nice shape, mostly round.
- Skin – purple brown, dark purplish brown, dark red with blackish overtone, pinky brown, burgundy, deep pink/purplish, reddish black.
- Flesh – deep brick red, dark red, deep red.
To grow, Carbon is :
- Cordon Interderminate.
- Glasshouse or outdoors.
- Not a lot of it, not a big producer for quantity, not very prolific
- High yielding, prolific
- Mid season
- Little cracking
To buy Carbon:
I bought my Carbon seeds from Nicky’s Nursery. 10 for £1.90.
Opinion seems divided on whether Carbon will deliver lots or little in the way of quantity of tomatoes. What it seems unanimous on, is that they will be delicious!
Its regular shape and appearance also came in for praise, not being as ‘rugged’ as other heirloom/heritage tomatoes. (The photo I’ve used is beautiful but probably not doing Carbon justice in that respect – maybe I’ll be able with my own tomatoes!)
Have you grown Carbon? What was your experience in terms of the quantity of tomatoes you were able to pick?
Photo by kthread