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Tomatito
Jaltomata ventricosa
Uses: Culinary Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 11)
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Moderate
(Sogorome; Sorogome) This small edible berry, related to tomatoes and husk cherries, has never been offered commercially before and is considered extremely rare. Jaltomata ventricosa grows in the Andean cloud zone above 9,500 feet (2700m). Its in humid shady areas and is somewhat shrubby. The flowers are exquisite: they look like blown Murano glass figures. The orange berries are variously described as sweet and acidic to slightly bitter and are relished by the locals. Fun fact: children are told not to make noise while picking them otherwise they will go "bitter." Although it is a tender perennial, it can be grown like an annual. It is quite easy to grow and there are reports of it flowering and fruiting in New York and Connecticut. It is not a plant for the beginner however, because the seeds germinate sporadically and can take from 3 weeks to 3 months, or the may remain dormant. For the experienced gardener, this is well worth the challenge. Plants can be overwintered after trimming back, probably best in a cool greenhouse.
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