- An original creation by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for fungal and bacterial diseases
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20+
“Raspberry Mochi” is an original creation by Bunny Hop Seeds. This is a raspberry-purple large salad tomato, with a sweet, balanced flavor. The name “mochi” is given to a Japanese confection with a chewy rice dough on the outside and a filling that is usually quite sweet. When I tasted this segregate, I was reminded of my favorite treat, just as with a sister line, Daifuku. And like Daifuku, Raspberry Mochi has a small core, with little to no waste. The flesh is plump and smooth, with luscious gel. Raspberry Mochi is more productive, on a larger plant, with larger fruits that are not quite as sweet when compared to Daifuku.
This cross came about in 2013, when I tried to find a tomato variety of any color but red, that could be grown in the ground in my challenging climate and under a large insect/disease load. I did not find one. So, I made a cross of a disease-resistant red salad hybrid, BHN 669 F1, to a delicious and renowned purple beefsteak, Black from Tula. The cross was successful, and several segregates were pursued.
Now in the F6 generation, the segregate “Raspberry Mochi” is stable. Each generation has been grown in my native soil, which is poor, sandy, acidic, and liberally laced with bacterial wilt and nematodes. Raspberry Mochi has tolerated these conditions plus heat and humidity without difficulty. I highly recommend Raspberry Mochi to anyone who struggles to grow heirloom tomatoes in a hot, humid climate and who loves sweet, smooth, large salad tomatoes with perfect form and no waste.
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