|Growth habit||dwarf, indet.|
|Leaf type||regular, rugose|
|Fruit color||black, brown|
|Variety type||created heirloom, stabilized intentional cross|
- NEW 2015 Dwarf Tomato Project Release. Indeterminate dwarf ('tree-type') plants with rugose regular leaf foliage produce medium sized chocolate brown oblate slicers with jagged green and gold stripes. 4-8 oz. The rich crimson flesh has the intense and balanced flavor. Some throw out purple/black striped fruits. (15 seeds / packet)
- Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B) / Tomato Dwarf Project
Year grown: 2014*, 2015, 2016, 2017
- The vigorous dwarf regular leaf plants are among the taller growing of the new dwarf varieties. The plants produce excellent yields of medium sized (4-8 ounce) smooth, slightly oblate chocolate colored tomatoes with jagged green and gold stripes. The rich crimson flesh has the intense flavor of black tomatoes, with great balance. The Beauty line is very complex and a few surprises could result when growing this variety, with stripes of different colors.
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
- Developed by the members of the Dwarf Tomato Project from a cross between Dwarf Wild Fred and Beauty King made by Vince Lavallo and named Beauty. It was selected and named by Vince Lavallo.
- Stabilization was the collaborative work of Robin Bort, Susan Oliverson, Lisa Moore, Patrick Sullivan, Bill Yoder, Roberto Caro del Castillo, Desire Sommers, Jenna D’Amore, and Craig LeHoullier.
- The starting seed sample was grown out and supplied by Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B) in 2014.
- Introduced commercially by Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds , The Sample Seed Shop , and Victory Seed Company in 2015.
- More information about the development of this cultivar can be found on the Dwarf Tomato Project website.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Chocolate Lightning - ripe fruit. 2017-09-15.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Chocolate Lightning - sliced fruit. 2017-09-15.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Chocolate Lightning - sliced. 2015-08-23.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Chocolate Lightning - sliced fruit. 2016-09-21.
|Year||Commercial Vendors||Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings)||Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)|
|2018||Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds||.||.|
|2015||Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - new
The Sample Seed Shop - new
Victory Seed Company - new
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