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The Chocolate Pear Tomato

If you’re looking for a tomato as uniquely beautiful as it is classically delicious, then the Chocolate Pear Tomato is precisely what you need! This favorite crop of farmer’s markets, fine dining and foodie dishes, and home growers across America is just waiting to grace your garden with its one of a kind blend of red, green, and brown beauty—and to grace your tastebuds with its firm snap of cherry tomato variety goodness!

Read on to find out how to purchase, grow, and make the most of an infamous bumper crop of Chocolate Pear Tomatoes!

An assortment of pear tomatoes, including red-brown ones similar to Chocolate Pear tomatoes.
Various colors of pear tomatoes.

History of the Chocolate Pear Tomato

The delicious, well balanced, beautifully one of a kind Chocolate Pear Tomato was painstakingly bred for the precise characteristics that make it so memorable and appealing—its unique pear shape and that rich brown, warm green, and dazzling maroon shading! This cherry tomato variety was cultivated over the course of many years by a Terroir Seed grower, with particular attention paid to refining that vivid red hue with an overlay of green and brown and a curvy, bulbous pear like shape. From that artful breeding came the Chocolate Pear Tomato that growers know and love today!

A single red pear tomato.
The classic pear tomato shape.

Characteristics of the Chocolate Pear Tomato

Visually, the Chocolate Pear Tomato is a standout among its peers in the visual sense, its defining characteristics being a tapered tip and a rounded, dewdrop body, and the brown or green overlay to its red shade, giving it its namesake and making it extremely popular in salads and other fruit displays. The Chocolate Pear Tomato is notably crisp and rich, with that traditional tangy tomato aftertaste, and the hint of sweetness that is characteristic of cherry variety tomatoes in particular.

Closeup of Kumato tomatoes.
A chocolate pear tomato coloring resembled the dark red-green of a Kumato tomato.

Like with most pear tomato varieties, the Chocolate Pear Tomato produces extremely well over a long season, and its high tolerance to variables in weather conditions and temperatures makes it ideal for growing in certain climates that other tomatoes would struggle to thrive in. Couple that with its versatile use once harvested, and you have a tomato plant that’s perfect for market growers, first time gardeners, smaller or indoor gardens, and so much more!

Chocolate Pear Specific

Eating Them

Chocolate Pear Tomatoes have a wide variety of uses, but are most widely popular for their applications in making pasta and other tomato based sauces—such as certain curries—due to their unique coloration lending almost toward a black tomato variety. This makes them a great component for richly colorful sauces and pasta dishes!

In addition, Chocolate Pear Tomatoes are fantastic for canning, particularly as they are known to produce large bumper crops that provide plenty of harvest to make the most of the involved canning process. They are also perhaps most famously used as a component in fresh salads, as both their unique shape and coloration, and their firm texture and delicious taste, make them absolutely unforgettable in any dish! If you want to think outside the usual lettuce and dressing combination, consider using Chocolate Pear Tomatoes in something like a caprese salad, served alongside mozzarella, fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze!

A Caprese salad with brownish-red tomatoes.

The size and shape of the Chocolate Pear Tomato, as well as its burst of tangy sweet flavor—being one of the cherry tomato varieties—also makes for a great snacking tomato! These can be consumed whole out of hand or enjoyed with mozzarella pearls, a dash of vinaigrette, or dunked in your dressing or sauce of choice!

When it comes to serving Chocolate Pear Tomatoes as a snack to kiddos, their taste and unconventional appearance are likely to make them a hit! But please be mindful that cherry and grape tomato varieties do present some choking hazard for young children; when served as a raw snack, they should be quartered and always eaten with adult supervision!

A Chicken Caesar salad with greenish-red tomatoes.

Health Benefits

Like most tomatoes, Chocolate Pear Tomatoes are a great source of such crucial as Vitamins C and A; to a lesser extent, they also provide good amounts of Vitamins B and K, and offer up several important dietary minerals such as manganese and potassium, which help regulate blood pressure. This variety of tomatoes provides a decent source of calcium as well!

Growing At Home

The Chocolate Pear Tomato is a great variety for growing at home, on a farm, in a small garden—this plant can really thrive anywhere! It’s one of the most popular varieties for this very reason; with just a bit of effort and know how, you’ll see a fruitful return on your investment!

The Chocolate Pear Tomato is an indeterminate, open pollination variety that does its very best with a trellis or cage to direct its upward growth. It comes to maturity in mid-season, about 65 to 80 days into the growing season—after which you can expect a beautiful, bountiful crop that can last sometimes up to the first frost! Chocolate Pear Tomato plants are top producers that typically offer one of the most plentiful harvests of any cherry tomato plant variety, ensuring you’re really getting the most out of planting this low maintenance fruit.

Overhead view of a young tomato plant.

Sunlight / Soil

You will want to plant your Chocolate Pear Tomato plant in spring, in loose, well-draining soil, and give it access to full sunlight and regular watering. For a complete guide on optimal tomato plant care, from planting to harvesting and storage, please check out our article on How To Grow Tomatoes: The Complete Guide For the Best Tomatoes.

Fertilizing / Feeding

Tomatoes require specific nutrients (such as calcium) to produce their best crops of fruit. To learn how to determine what your tomatoes need, consulting our ultimate tomato fertilizer guide.

Pruning / Pinching

Pruning and pinching are a tomato care technique that can help your tomato put forth its best yield. But you need to know when to do this and what tomatoes need it. To help you with this, visit our pruning tomatoes guide.

Diseases and Pests

Sad, but true — if you grow tomatoes, you’ll probably have to deal with these issues. To learn how to detect, treat, and take steps to prevent diseases, read our tomato diseases guide. For information to help you spot, eliminate, and deter 15 kinds of pests, visit our guide on common tomato pests.

Where To Buy The Chocolate Pear Tomato

As with any tomato variety, it’s always recommended to search for seeds or young plants from your local nurseries, plant stands, farmer’s markets, etc. to ensure you’re getting a tomato plant that’s primed for your area—and the Chocolate Pear Tomato is no exception!

However, if you can’t find this variety locally, have no fear…you’ll find plenty of options to purchase seeds online!

For live Chocolate Pear Tomato plants, you are more likely to find them locally—even at your local Wal-Mart, which often has seed packets in stock as well—as they often sell out online close to the beginning of the season.

Final Words on the Chocolate Pear Tomato

Closeup of dark-colored pear tomatoes growing on the vine.

A fantastic option for sprucing up your salad dishes, making a memorable pasta or sauce, turning heads at the farmer’s market, or simply enjoying the process of growing a tomato variety that rewards you in abundance, the Chocolate Pear Tomato is a top pick for tomato growers of all ages and skill levels!

Have you tried your hand at growing this delectable cherry variety? What was your experience with it? What was your favorite dish prepared from its crop? We’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below! To learn all about tomatoes, click here for our tomato blog posts.