Is this tomato a scam?

LaurieK123(7b Oregon)December 23, 2011

I did some research online and I came across some information on unique tomatoes that have been brought back from the Galapogos Islands for the purpose of cross-breeding. I would love to try these special tomatoes, but the problem is that I can't find anywhere to buy them.

Does anyone know if they are actually real? And if so, are they open to the public and open for legal sale? If they are real, I am starting to wonder if they have been patented or something.

Thank you so much!

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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Provide a link to what you are speaking of
whats special?
do they have a name ?
Are they real ?

xmas cheer

    Bookmark   December 24, 2011 at 2:20AM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

There many many accessions that have been brought back from the Galapagos islands and made available, most of them small fruited varieties, some named, some not, some currant tomatoes, some not.

But if you're talking about the tomato called Kumato, also known here in the US as Rosso Bruno, and bred by Syngenta in Europe with so much hype that I think it's ridiculous, then no, it's not a scam. THey first introdced it in England and Australia maybe 6-7 years ago, I didn't check, and then in the US as Rosso Bruno, but it's also now available here as Kumato.Identical tomato, two different names.

Regardless of the name it's an F1 hybrid and folks have been growing it out to get an open pollinated (OP) version since they like the taste, which I don't.

Somewhere in the hype you might have read about Galapagos Tortoises, etc.

Hope that helps, from someone who does like what's known as Sara's Galapagos, for instance, which is a wee sized stable cross between a currant and ?????. The Galapagos ISlands are also the home of the species S. Cheesmanii, the salt tolerant one that has been used by hybridizers to breed tomatoes with increased tolerance to briny waters.


    Bookmark   December 24, 2011 at 3:12AM
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