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Old 1 Week Ago   #1336
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Yes. That is accurate. I was using imprecise language.

And the taste of the fully ripe Karma Pinks are wonderful!
That’s wonderful! I’m so happy you enjoy them!
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Here is the first Karma Pink eaten by me. Look at the size of it!

I let the others continue to ripen on the counter and I must say I preferred the taste of the darker red ones with no hint of yellow or orange. It was a complex blend of tart first, then deep tomato flavor, with sweetness as an end note. Like a fine wine, there was lots to the finish.

Loved it, and now know how ripe I like them.

I have a mixture of cherries and monsters like this one:
That's the biggest one I have ever seen!
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Some more photos of KP. I had to remove them before the squirrels got to them so they are still green. As you can see the sizes range from quite large to smallish. I even have two that liked each other so much they became one tomato!
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won't be long and this KARMA Pink will get a taste test!---tom
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Hi Karen and Marsha ,
KARMA Pink has been tasted in my corner of Idaho. After a rough start ,then with an aphid infestation it has taken longer than it normally would to start getting ripe fruit.
KARMA Pink was great tasting ,beautiful to look at and I am looking forward to more.
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Hi Karen and Marsha ,
KARMA Pink has been tasted in my corner of Idaho. After a rough start ,then with an aphid infestation it has taken longer than it normally would to start getting ripe fruit.
KARMA Pink was great tasting ,beautiful to look at and I am looking forward to more.
Susan
Aphids! Argh! I am so glad you got to taste some. Thanks for trialing them in your corner of the world.
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Ugh aphids. Whitefly is my nemesis the year. It’s always something isn’t it.
I hope now that you are getting some they will continue to ripen more for you
Happy you like the flavour! Thank you for growing it
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Ugh aphids. Whitefly is my nemesis the year. It’s always something isn’t it.
I hope now that you are getting some they will continue to ripen more for you
Happy you like the flavour! Thank you for growing it
Karen
Be careful.... whiteflies give tomatoes a virus. TYLCV, incureable and contagious through more whiteflies feeding on the infected plant then the next one over to spread it. Fruit will get splotchy uneven color and uneven ripening. Really bad news.
Worse news: They have now found the virus can be seedborne.
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We had a horrendous thunder storm last night with hail! Some of the tomatoes in cages took a tumble. I haven't been able to check the rest of the plants yet because it was so wet.

Guess who I saved before the storm hit? A bowl full of KARMA's. They taste great .

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Be careful.... whiteflies give tomatoes a virus. TYLCV, incureable and contagious through more whiteflies feeding on the infected plant then the next one over to spread it. Fruit will get splotchy uneven color and uneven ripening. Really bad news.
Worse news: They have now found the virus can be seedborne.
Don’t worry I don’t have any disease. Just a bit of early blight at this time.
Me and my soap spray have the whitefly in hand.
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Final report:
My family loves them.
I see what they are saying, good combo of sweet and tart, but I just confirmed again that I hate cherry tomatoes. It's the aftertaste that makes me wrinkle my nose and avoid them.
My family doesn't understand what I mean, but cherries just have "that" taste to me. Funny how the palette perceives taste.
The plant in bag culture in my greenhouse struggled with cracking fruit. I would have had to pick practically green to avoid this. Then, it would take about 10-14 days for them to ripen on the counter.
The plants outside in the 100 gallon stock tank with same promix HP soil did not have this problem, although it still took a long time to ripen fruit. Even 50-75% ripe take a week or more to fully color up on the counter. However, the shelf-life is therefore tremendous.
So, in summary, for those who like cherries, they got high marks in my house.
From a commercial production standpoint (not that that was your goal), I don't think the production (albeit in my one-time trial using my methods) would warrant the space.
Hopefully you don't takes this as being critically negative, just trying to give honest feedback.
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Thank you for your evaluation from the perspective of a market grower.
The sentence that matters most to me is “ my family loves them “

Interesting that the tomatoes in the controlled environment cracked while those outdoors didn’t.
Thank you for the honest assessment, it is very helpful and interesting to me and I don’t find it negative at all. You make, I think perhaps inadvertently, some interesting points that are related to my specific breeding goals.. I breed my tomatoes for gardeners, for flavour. For thick non cracking skin and production over flavour there are hundreds of hybrids bred specifically for greenhouse commercial production that I’m sure would be much more profitable per plant. Profit for plant is not a gardeners goal- flavour is.
The long hold and slower ripening is useful in a home garden as well because unless one is selling tomatoes, few of us have use for gallons of ripe cherry tomatoes that quickly get soft or overripe appearing all at once. So looking at it that way, from a home gardeners perspective that is not a negative either since cherries are best eaten fresh and many of us struggle to know what to do with a million squishy cherries lol
Thanks again.
Maybe grow one for the family or save seeds for a home gardening friend.
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No doubt Karen.
Great for a home gardener who likes cherries.
I have a one pound clamshell container filled with ones I picked last week at about 75% ripe. They are still perfect.
I did notice that when a couple from an earlier picking got over-ripe (I think they were off the plant for 2 weeks), they got wrinkled, not oozing rotten. So that is nice.
I'd guess you could pick some at half ripe and have them on the counter for a month.
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