I bought a Zapotec tomato plant today on an impulse buy. Any reviews on it? How sweet/tart is it? How prolific? Are these heirlooms and truly from the Zapotec people?
From Tatiana's Tomatobase Zapotec
Note there are at least 3 sub-strains. Brokenbar who used to post here regularly lists it as one of the best varieties for drying.
As grown by me hollow, as the link from Tania's data base also indicates, and for me pretty much tasteless.
I have to call them as I grow them. ( smile)
I just harvested my first batch. They were not quite ripe, so hopefully the flavor will develop a bit more. So far, a bit bland, neither sweet nor tart, but really not bad. The texture was slightly mealy, so I think these would be better suited to saucing or drying versus eating in a fresh salad.
I chose this variety because I heard it would do better in hot dry conditions as compared to other varieties. I did not grow them in my garden; I planted one beside an apple tree so that it could piggy back on the same drip line. That tree gets watered no more than once a week. I rooted the suckers from that first plant and started about twenty more plants throughout the orchard. None of my plants have been bothered by any bugs or birds - not one nibble. They all seem to be quite happy with minimal watering and no added fertilizer or any ammendments whatsoever.
So, while this is not the most delicious tomato I have had so far, it is heavy bearing, tolerant or dry conditions and heat, doesn't mind poor soil. The only thing I did after transplanting them was cut off suckers and let them use the tree stakes for vertical support. Since I let them go sort of wild all over the orchard, I will have a lot and plan to sun dry most of them.