- 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
“Tang” is one of my four favorites for taste and texture from my first year to grow it in the 2015 fall crop. I don't remember Tang tasting so deliciously sweet and acid before, but that may have been because I had much drier conditions during ripening this year.
This is a special tomato anyway, though, and flavor/texture are added bonuses. This variety is homozygous for both the tangerine gene and beta carotene. The tangerine gene gives us cis-lycopene, which is available for the body to use (bioavailable) without being first exposed to heat or oil, which is the case with red tomato trans-lycopene.
And the colors are gorgeous at full ripeness, as is the texture, not too firm or mushy. Tang is listed as being a drought-tolerant variety, perfect for dry farming and the Southwest. It was developed, however, at the University of New Hampshire by Dr. Brent Loy in the orange field tomato breeding program. I wrote to Dr. Loy to obtain the genetic information, and he was so kind in his response, telling me of the tangerine gene and beta carotene inheritance in this variety.
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