Looking for a new tomato for your garden this summer? Want something that will wow your guests when they see it? We have the perfect tomato for you — the Garden Peach Tomato. This novelty tomato has “peach” in its name for a reason, these pale yellow tomatoes have slightly fuzzy skin and are shaped somewhat like a peach. They offer a delicate, light, and bright flavor that will be perfect in cold pasta dishes, salads, or enjoyed on their own!
Got you curious? Good! Keep reading to learn all about the Garden Peach tomato and how to make it part of your spring planting lineup.
History Of The Garden Peach Tomato
Garden Peach Tomatoes are native to the tropics of the Amazon. These tomatoes were first domesticated in the South American mountain region and brought to the United States in 1862.
Characteristics Of The Garden Peach Tomato
The Garden Peach Tomato is an indeterminate tomato variety that produces a high yield of fruit for an extended period of time. These heirloom tomatoes weigh approximately 3 ounces and have fuzzy, delicate, pale yellow skin. These tomatoes are highly split-resistant and continue to bear fruit until the first frost.
Being a mid-season tomato variety, the Garden Peach Tomato will start to produce ripe fruit approximately 70-80 days from when it was planted.
Garden Peach Tomato Qualities
With delicate, fuzzy, soft skin, these tomatoes have more of a fruity flavor and are less acidic. In 1893 Burpee described these unique tomatoes as “delicate” and “melting in the mouth like a grape.” With a beautiful, pale yellow-colored exterior, these tomatoes are visually striking, as well as delicious, and can be used in many different dishes or enjoyed alone.
Garden Peach Tomato Size
The Garden Peach Tomato weighs 2 to 4 ounces when fully ripe.
The Garden Peach Tomato can be planted in USDA Hardiness Zones 2-12.
Size And Spacing
If you choose to plant your own seeds you’ll want to begin approximately 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. You’ll sow the seeds a quarter of an inch deep and one inch apart. Keep them next to a bright window or use the appropriate grow light. The temperature will need to be 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit for the seeds to properly germinate.
When planting the young established tomato plant (either from your own seeds or purchased plant) you will want to plant them up to their first set of leaves and leave approximately 24 to 36 inches of space between each plant.
The Garden Peach Tomato is an open pollinating variety.
The following sections will provide highlights about tomato care. 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.
As with all tomato plants, the Garden Peach will need full sunlight which is 6 to 8 hours of direct light.
When planting they will need soil that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. If planting in a garden bed the soil will need to have a neutral pH and will need an organic compost mix. Many hardware stores and nurseries will carry this type of soil and/or compost for you to purchase.
Keeping your tomato plant adequately watered is just as important as the proper nutrient-rich soil. The Garden Peach Tomato plant requires daily watering. These tomatoes are heat-tolerant but need the top inch of soil moist at all times.
Tomatoes require specific nutrients (such as calcium) to produce their best crops of fruit. To learn how to determine what your tomatoes need and when they need it, consult our ultimate tomato fertilizer guide.
Properly pruning your tomato plants will help fight off disease, increase airflow, and produce a bigger tomato yield. The main focus is the “suckers” of the plant. The “suckers” are the vine that will grow in between the main stalk and the main vines. These will need to be plucked off to allow optimal growth for your Garden Peach Tomato.
Pruning and pinching are a tomato care technique that can help your tomato put forth its best crop of fruit. But you need to know when to do this and what tomatoes need it. To help you with this, visit our pruning tomatoes guide.
There are many different types of diseases that can damage or kill your Garden Peach Tomato. Some are more common than others. To learn how to detect, treat, and take steps to prevent diseases, read our tomato diseases guide.
Some of the most common pests include aphids, blister beetles, and cutworms. For information to help you spot, eliminate, and deter 15 different pests, visit our guide on common tomato pests.
When To Harvest The Garden Peach Tomato
The Garden Peach Tomato will be ready to harvest approximately 70-85 days after planting. You will know they are ready once they have reached around 2 to 4 ounces and have their tell-tale fuzzy light yellow skin.
Common Uses For The Garden Peach Tomato
The Garden Peach Tomato is quite a novelty for any gardener but they are also very useful.
The Garden Peach is known for having a mild and fruity taste with delicate slightly fuzzy skin.
The Garden Peach Tomato is best when eaten raw, with the delicate nature and fruity taste this tomato works best in light and fresh dishes.
Eating these tomatoes raw is the best way to enjoy the Garden Peach Tomato. Use these tomatoes in salads, cold pasta, or sliced on a toasted crostini with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.
Canning any type of yellow heirloom tomato can be difficult due to the lower acid levels and sweetness of these varieties. The best way to can the Garden Peach Tomato is by making salsa or chutney. With the additions of other acidic ingredients, these will can up beautifully.
Being a novelty tomato, there are not many written recipes for the Garden Peach Tomato. That being said, with a fruity and delicate flavor these tomatoes are amazing just sliced and eaten, on salads, in cold pasta dishes, and in salsas. Below are a few recipes you could incorporate the Garden Peach Tomato into:
Health Benefits Of Tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, protect your cardiovascular health, are high in lycopene, and are low in calories. These delicious fruits really pack a punch when it comes down to healthy eating and can be incorporated into every meal. Homegrown tomatoes will offer even more benefits since they are organic and non-processed.
Where To Buy Garden Peach Tomato Plants/Seeds
You can find Garden Peach Tomato plants for sale online at GrowJoy where they are organically grown and guaranteed to arrive alive and thriving. You can also purchase seeds online from retailers such as Amazon.
Where To Buy Garden Peach Tomatoes
Your best bet for finding fresh Garden Peach Tomatoes is by contacting a specialty produce store or visiting a local farmers market. Farmers markets tend to have a few of these tomatoes on hand as a novelty because they are great growers and are easy to maintain.
Wrapping Up The Garden Peach Tomato
The Garden Peach Tomato is an amazing tomato variety with its yellow fuzzy peach-like skin, delicate fruity flavor, and easiness to care for and maintain. As long as you provide this tomato with all the necessary plant care you will have a thriving delicious new tomato to add to many of your cold salads, perfect for beating the heat of the summer.
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