Yellow grape tomato Description/Taste
Yellow Grape tomato varieties share several common characteristics: they are petit, glossy and thin-skinned, with two seed cavities, and they are known for their low acidity and mild, sweet flavors. The plants of the tomatoes are characterized as either determinate or indeterminate: determinate, or bush, varieties do not need pruning and may be grown with or without support. The fruit of determinate plants ripens within a concentrated time period. Indeterminate, or climbing, varieties should be staked, trellised, or caged, and pruned for best results. The fruit of indeterminate plants ripens over an extended period of time, as their name implies.
Yellow Grape tomatoes are available during the summer and into the fall.
Yellow Grape is a branding name given to tomatoes that have naturally mutated into an oval shape, with a yellow exterior. Their yellow coloring is due to a recessive gene contained in the tomato’s genetic makeup. Thanks to naturally occurring mutations, such as the grape-like shape of these tomatoes, the small, berry-like wild tomato has evolved into thousands of varieties of tomatoes, scientifically referred to as either Lycopersicon esculentum or Solanum lycopersicum, as debate over the botanical classification continues in the world of horticulture. There are dozens of Yellow Grape tomato varieties, both heirloom and hybrid, such as Lemon Fizz, Morning Sun, and the legendary Hssiao His Hung Shih from Peiping, China.
Tomatoes have high levels of lycopene, a natural antioxidant, which can reduce chances of developing prostate, colorectal and stomach cancer. Tomatoes contain a great deal of vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as vitamin B and potassium, which make them effective in reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure. Thus, including tomatoes in a balanced diet can help to prevent heart attacks, strokes, or other heart-related problems.
Yellow Grape tomatoes can be substituted for cherry tomatoes in almost any recipe, although their flavor stands alone, making them great for snacking, or serving fresh on salads. Mature fruits can be cooked and processed to make compotes and jams. They can also be used in soups, sauces and salsa. Pair Yellow Grape tomatoes with other ingredients that are in season to get the most flavor from your dish, as fruits and vegetables require a certain soil temperature and level of sunlight to synthesize sugar and flavor components. Like all varieties of Grape tomatoes, store Yellow Grape tomatoes at room temperature until they are ripe, after which refrigeration can slow deterioration.