Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Good Things Come From Fallen Fruit

We grow tomatoes in the greenhouse each year.  I have never eaten a more beautifully flavoured tomato than those picked off the plant in the greenhouse, still warm and with the smell of the broken stem on your fingers.  Last year we tried a new variety of cherry tomato - a yellow one - that I have forgotten the name of.  It was sweet and juicy and lovely and we didn't see any this year when we were buying the baby plants.  However, my mum was clearing out some old pots and found what I have in my hand in the picture.

No matter how hard you try, you never harvest every single tomato.  There will always be a few fall off the plant, and it's no great loss because there are plenty still growing.  The best thing about it is that, this time, the fallen tomato went unnoticed and stayed at the bottom of a tray all winter.  The yellowy orangey part is the skin of the tomato and, growing inside it are a multitude of little tomato plants, leaves coming out the top of the tomato skin, roots out the bottom.  It's not often you get to see properly how these things work but isn't it lovely to see that that one little tomato from last year has gone on to produce all those lovely little plants.  We can but hope they grow up strong and healthy and give us some fruit this year!

1 comment:

  1. That is so cool! :D Good luck with that. I hope you get all the lovely yellow tomatoes your heart desires. :)