Napa Rose’

$2.25

  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: indeterminate
  • Leaf type: regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases

“Napa Rosé,” named after the wine and not a flower, is one of the best cherry tomatoes I have eaten so far. It is definitely my favorite of all of the varieties from Brad Gates that I have ever grown. To give you a better idea, Napa Rosé has earned a place on my short “WOW” flavor list. Sweet, yes. Tangy, yes. FRUITY with a strong sugar and tang that linger in the mouth…oh yes. I know, because I forced myself to try it several times (purely scientific interest…I was not EATING my seed stock!). The cherries are shiny/glossy and plump, yielding to the touch, and a deep rose when ripe. Juicy and seedy. The unripe fruits are beautiful…image doesn’t do them justice…pale pink on the bottom and pale jade on the top. I can see why this was named a rosé wine.
Please note that I am marking this as a developing variety, although it is likely stable. The reason for this is that my plants and the unripe fruits initially had a slight anthocyanin dusting (the plants more than the fruits) that disappeared when the weather warmed and the fruits ripened. This antho could have been simply an environmental expression of the normal anthocyanin reaction in tomato plants that carry the gene, rather than a reflection of a deliberate cross to bring out significant purple expression. The thing that makes me cautious is that Mr. Gates stated that Napa Rosé is a sister line to Blue Boar Berry, which expresses notable anthocyanin. One thing is for certain, and that is the fact that it was released without anthocyanin in the ripe fruits, and you should have rosy pink fruits with no purple dusting at full ripeness.

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