Dark Orange Muscat
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: early
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases
“Dark Orange Muscat” is another positive “regrow” experience. The first time I tried this cherry variety, I was not impressed. I do not know if I can attribute the improvement in flavor and texture only to drier ripening conditions, or maybe it was just that the planet Jupiter was aligned with Mars. Either way, this one really surprised me with the sweetness and intensity of the flavor this year. Not mealy at all, either. Saladette-sized on the first fruits. I thought that the first time I grew it we had a wet summer, but I think I read my own report that it had been dry. Not sure how I got puffiness condition that year with dry weather, but my previous photos showed little octagonal fruits with puffiness.
Anyway, this year Dark Orange Muscat was a blockbuster! In my tasting notes, I tasted two of the near-saladette size “cherries”, and one had more gel than the other. The one with plenty of gel was sweet and strong, not tart but another flavor I can only say is caramel. Weird, huh? I am not given to extravagant wine-tasting terminology when describing tomatoes, but that was the word that came to mind. I tasted the one without much gel, and it was another official “WOW!” VERY sweet and VERY caramel flavors. I LOVE this weirdo tomato!
As for history, apparently this came from a breeder in Washington state, who routed it forward to Madeline McKeever of CV Brown Envelope Seeds, Ireland, from whence it was widely distributed.
The bad news? Nothing is ever perfect in this imperfect world. Productivity slumped in the heat, and the cherries are so meaty that seeds are few. I will continue to grow it though, as the flavor makes it a worthwhile endeavor.
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