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Posted by Juhli 7b (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 23, 14 at 15:02

This tomato grew on the side of my compost bin! The grooves make me wonder if it has crossed with something else? Do you think I should try eating it?

curious novice gardener

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RE: Tomato

That looks like a pepper to me.

RE: Tomato

there is an extremely active tomato forum.. for IDs of hybrids ...


RE: Tomato

Definitely a tomato -- both plant and fruit. And yes, there are tomato varieties with that shape and/or color.

There are at least two tomato databases which list 14,000 or more varieties. No one knows them all. Sometimes you can guess, but no one can identify an unknown tomato with certainty.
So go ahead and eat it: but you might want to ask on GW's Tomato forum to see if they think it's ripe yet. (I don't grow yellow tomatoes; I would guess the two yellow ones are close to ripe, but you want the opinion of someone who knows more about yellows than I do.)

RE: Tomato

I wondered if it was a tomato/pepper cross! Thanks for your input. I will check out the GWs tomato forum.

I don't think it's ripe yet, seems to be turning red. I couldn't capture the exact color in the photo!

Thanks again,

Cheers from South Surrey, BC!

RE: Tomato

Don't think tomatoes & peppers CAN cross - but there is a stuffer variety of tomato that looks like a pepper: Yellow Stuffer(?)

Also, if a seed from a hybrid tomato sprouts, it can have entirely different characteristics than the parent - sometimes reverting to one or the other of the varieties crossed to make the hybrid - along w/ an entirely new combination of possible traits.

& all tomatoes are edible(even when green) - tho not all are palatable…


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