What are the pros? prolific, blight-resistent
What are the cons? late to ripen, tough skin
Every year I plant a few of Brad Gates' odd-colored varieties, and experience has taught me when to judge ripeness on the bronze and green skinned tomatoes, like Berkeley TieDye and Atomic Grape. Here in cloudy Ohio, the red and gold undertones never developed on the ripe fruit.
Taste was nice acid/sweet balance, and I like the size - perfect for slicing into salads. The biggest drawback was the time to ripen - these were the very last of the season, about 20 days behind Pork Chop, Monutain Merit, and Garden Peach varieties.
Just picked the last Atomic Grapes today, Sept 22. I was really happy to see how well the sprawling plants (held pretty far off the soil) did in resisting early and late blight, which the rest of my plants succumbed to by mid August.
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