Little Red Riding Hood (Krasnaya Shapochka)
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: micro-dwarf, determinate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: early
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15
- Germination tested following Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases
“Little Red Riding Hood” (Krasnaya Shapochka; Красная Шапочка) is a red-fruited micro-dwarf variety that I purchased from an Estonian vendor. The vendor site translated Cyrillic to English as “Red Hat.” However, when I checked again with other translators, I found that this would have been “Krasnaya Shapka; Красная Шапка” rather than “Krasnaya Shapochka; Красная Шапочка.” Amusingly, the translation I found upon cross checking was “Little Red Riding Hood.” This variety has similar characteristics to Orange Hat (yes, I double checked that translation and original name too); however, the fruits are red and the plants are not quite as productive in the heat and humidity as are those of Orange Hat.
The flavor and texture are very good, a tomatoey balanced flavor that is not as sweet as I prefer, but not too acidic to enjoy either. Overall plant vigor was greater in Little Red Riding Hood than in Pigmy and Bonsai, two other red-fruited micro-dwarf varieties I tried out at the same time.
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