Tigerella

“Striped Fruit”


Tigerella has medium to small sized fruit, with spectacular striping, and very sweet old fashioned flavour. Like many other heirloom tomatoes, you won’t see them commercially available very often, as they would need to be freighted like peaches.

A medium bush, the plant can be grown without pinching or staking, although I would recommend staking to keep the fruit off the ground or picked well before fully ripe. I have seen them in the organic sections of markets, but in very small numbers. Chefs however love the small to medium size and outstanding colours of these fruit. 

As you can see in the picture below, there are different stages of ripeness which helps you to maximise your crop by always being able to pick the ripest. The really red one is almost too ripe but is perfect if used within a day or so. These fruit were part of a bumper harvest in the 2014-15 season. The plants lower sideshoots were pinched once after planting and then pretty much left alone.