- 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 Chardonnay,” is stated in some vendor sites to be a yellow mutant of the pink Napa Rosé by Brad Gates. I am not sure if it is actually a segregate of the same cross that produced Napa Rosé versus a mutant showing up in a stable line, but I have not seen this stated by the breeder yet. Mr. Gates describes it on the Wild Boar Farms site as “yellow cherry with an pearlescentness.” I usually think of a yellow-fleshed tomato with a clear epidermis as a “white” variety, and this one seems to fit that description. The yellow flesh does get nicely warm-toned, but the clear epi keeps it from being butter-yellow in appearance. I have noticed that some folks are tagging the word “Blush” onto the name, but as the breeder has not done this on his site, I will list it in accordance with the breeder’s specified original name.
The fruits are plump and a bit flattened, very pretty, and juicy. I found the flavor to be a bit mild compared to Napa Rosé, but this could have been influenced by the heavy rains we had as the fruits were ripening. I found these to be fairly sweet, with a clean tomato flavor, not musky or strongly acidic. I will definitely grow it again, as taste reviews by other growers have been very positive.
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 definitely have a slight anthocyanin dusting. This shows on the green fruits as light purple, and on the ripe fruits as more of a tan color. The thing that makes me cautious is that Mr. Gates stated that the segregate Napa Rosé is a sister line to Blue Boar Berry, which expresses notable anthocyanin. Napa Chardonnay does not have antho in the photos shown in the Wild Boar Farms’ listing.
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