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Tomato – Sweet Pea Currant

This year I’m growing a new variety of Tomato (for me at least) called Sweet Pea Currant. The shops were full of the tiny pea-sized Tomatoes last year and they were all the rage in mum’s circles because toddlers loved them.

I hadn’t seen the seed for sale until this year and I’ve even seen small plants for sale at some garden centres too – finally they veer away from racks and racks of Gardeners Delight, Shirley and Alicante (nothing wrong with those varieties but it’s nice to see something new).

Anyway, I’m growing Sweet Pea Currant with some seed that I got from Victoriana Nursery. But there are other places to buy the seed.

Apparently the plant is a cordon type but you should treat it as a bush variety because if you pinch out all the side shoots then the yield will be too small. As I’ve never grown them before I’m not sure how big the plants will be but I’m guessing smaller than your average Tomato.

I can’t wait to harvest the sweet little Tomatoes and I’m sure that once Jackson finds them he will be picking them himself and I won’t get a look in.

Anyone else growing this type? What is your flagship Tomato this year?

21 Responses to “Tomato – Sweet Pea Currant”

  1. Emmaon 12 May 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I grew this one last year – it’s quite vigorous and sprawling.

  2. Rachelon 12 May 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I’ve never heard of these tiny tomatoes but they sound great. I am trying tamina this year, although it’s my first tomato ever so I can’t compare!

  3. Lucyon 12 May 2011 at 8:46 pm

    These tiny toms were a massive hit with my niece and cone to think of it, just about everyone last summer. Do you think it would be too late to plant them if I bought seeds now?

  4. Chrison 12 May 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve not heard of that one. Our must have this year is “Black Russian”, we grew it for the first time last year and it is so tomatoey! It’s a red/black colour all the way through and delicious. We were given the seeds and saved last year’s from the crop.

  5. TubbyMikeon 13 May 2011 at 1:06 am

    I’m trying Sungold this year (not very exciting) as I have to grow cherry types for my six year old niece, who eats them like sweets. It’s being backed up by Olivia, which is a variety that I’ve also not tried before, so I’ve no idea how they’ll turn out.
    I usually grow Gardeners Delight but the nursery had sold out. Oh, the shock of it! At least it’s encouraged me to try some new varieties.

  6. janerowenaon 13 May 2011 at 7:20 am

    I’m growing black russian, but also black cherry tomatoes, along with tumbling tom in hanging baskets.

  7. Rachelon 13 May 2011 at 8:05 am

    I am also trying 4 different varieties given to me by my dad; Brandywine Pink, Mike’s Polish Red, Riesentraube and Rose de Berne. I have no idea yet what they will be like, but I really like the idea of trying new things and waiting to see what happens as they grow!

  8. Malchuson 13 May 2011 at 8:32 am

    There are actually quite a few of these tiny ones, best things about them is that they are pretty resistant and have so many tomatoes on them. I am growing quite a few of them this year as they taste so much like a tomato should taste like ;)

  9. mike pitton 13 May 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Well iam growing Roma and San Marzano,there great to make sauce out of and 100’s + 1000’s which is meant to be a big cropper but very small cherry type fruit.

  10. Emmaon 13 May 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Our fave is Sungold which are just so delicious and were pouring off the plants last year. Even our 9 year old “tomato fairy” couldn’t keep up! We are also growing Latah (from the Real Seed Catalogue) – very nice flavour and they come early in the season (well before blight).

  11. Jimmy Cracked Cornon 13 May 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I planted a similar variety named ‘Spoon’ two years ago. The plant grew long and stringy, vining 25 or 30 feet through the rest of the patch before I cut off three-quarters of it. Then it grew back just as long. Delicious, sweet, tiny tomatoes.

  12. snowdropon 13 May 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I am not growing any, as although I love to eat home-grown toms, I am always plagued by the blight. It doesn’t matter where I plant them, which side of the garden in pots or in the ground, they crop really well, but just as I see them start to colour up, the blight appears. Help! Had this problem for years. We used to get fantastic crops!

  13. crision 13 May 2011 at 6:41 pm

    my new flagship tom is ‘Ferline’ after it managed to survive the blight last year. im also trying for the first time ‘black cherry’, ‘yellow stuffer’, ‘country taste’ and ‘pineapple’. i always like trying new toms- there’s such a variety.

  14. Claireon 13 May 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Sungold is a must, it survives where others fail with me. Also trying Ferline, Costoluto Fiorentino, San Marzano, Tigerella, Tumbling Tiger and Gardener’s Delight. I didn’t mean to grow too many this year, but somehow have ended up with loads. It’s a sickness…

  15. Holly @ Tasty Travelson 14 May 2011 at 6:00 am

    Good luck with your tomato plant! I’ve never heard of them. Can’t wait to see what they look like. My favorite last year was Green Zebra so I’m growing that again this year along with a handfull of other tomatoes.

  16. Tanyaon 14 May 2011 at 1:32 pm

    We’re growing Principe Borghese -small plum type greta for cooking; Salt Spring Sunrise from the Heritage Seed Library and Mammoth German Gold also from the HSL. SSS and MGG are both new to us. There’s also 100s&1000s.

  17. Don 14 May 2011 at 3:21 pm

    We’re growing ‘Mr Stripey’ a striped beefsteak type – results awaited!

  18. Susanon 14 May 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I am growing Matt’s Wild Cherry, which is another of the pea sized tomatoes. It was lovely last year, we ate them like sweets. I am growing some normal sized tomatoes and some beef ones too – can’t remember the varieties off hand

  19. Sallyon 17 May 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Only in my second year of home grown so sticking to Gardener’s Delight – for fun have planted a couple of pots of ‘The Striped Tomato’ which I found in a Garden Gift Shop, if they turn out well I shall be a delighted gardener!

  20. Debbieon 17 May 2011 at 8:29 pm

    As my boss caught me trying to eat plum tomatoes and hold a conversation today (not pretty) I think these would be a great addition to my office snack box!

  21. jhpon 21 May 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I grew it last year, the plant was huge it took over half the greenhouse I just kept hacking lumps of.f thousands of the little toms