The small pits inside a tomato are the plant’s seeds. When you slice a fruit in half, the center of it is full of juice and small seeds. It’s possible to collect them, press out the juice, dry them, and sow them again in the following year. Did you know there were a few tomato varieties that don’t have any pits at all?
These fruits are all flesh, which makes them easier to cook with.
3 seedless tomato cultivars
‘Great White’ tomato
They only have very few pits, and their taste is soft and fruity.
The texture is very similar to that of the more famous ‘Beefsteak’. This variety is also sometimes called ‘Grosse Blanche’ and ‘White Beefsteak’.
‘Rose de Berne’ tomato
Once again, this is a roundish fruit, a bit flat towards the top and bottom, and ribbed. This time, however, fruits are a light red, slightly pinkish color. The peel is smooth and thin, and is more brightly colored when the tomato is ripe. Sometimes, the portion of the tomato nearest the stem remains a little bit green. Once the tomato is ripe, it’s soft and gives a bit when you press it. Its taste is fragrant, and it’s both juicy and sweet. Nothing more to do but devour this excellent fruit for health !
‘Buffalo Steak’ tomato
Known for its generous fruits, this tomato also has the advantage of not containing many pips. Fruits range in weight from 10 to 18 oz. (300 to 500 g), they’re round and ribbed. This disease-resistant variety boasts red skin, bordering on pink. Harvest starts in July and lasts until October, just picks the fruits as they ripen to meet your needs. This meaty tomato’s flesh is tender, fresh and tastes a bit sweet.
How to cook seedless tomatoes?
Many seedless tomato varieties tend to share a few characteristics: they’re large, and most of the flesh inside is firm and full. This gives you lots of options when it comes to cooking them! You can dice them up in a salad, or slice them evenly and spread them on a plate with mozzarella or, better still, burrata cheese. With their nice, round shape, seedless tomatoes are perfect for preparing stuffed and baked tomatoes. You’ll simply recover the extracted flesh and use it to cook sauce and syrups. As a hot side, the flavors of your tomatoes are enhanced, and will pair well with most summer dishes.
- Mix together soil mix and sand and spread it in a tray or crate.
- Place this in a roofed area with lots of light, at a temperature between 50 and 60°F (15 to 20°C).
- As soon as sprouts appear, place them outside in a cooler spot, but that doesn’t freeze over. This important step aims to harden them.
- When several leaves have appeared on the young seedlings, transfer them to individual nursery pots.
- Plant in the sun, sheltered from wind, once you’re certain it won’t freeze anymore.
- Maintain a distance between seedlings of about 30 inches (80 cm).
- As you’re working on the planting and turning the soil over, take time to add a little compost and fit a stake for each plant right from the start.
- Purchase seedlings in nursery pots
- Plant them in full sun, sheltered from wind, once you’re certain it won’t freeze anymore.
- Maintain a distance between seedlings of about 30 inches (80 cm) apart.
- As you’re working on the planting and turning the soil over, take the time to add some compost and fit a stake for each plant right from the start. It’ll guide the vine and hold it up as it grows.
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What maintenance do seedless tomato plants need?
Tomato plants require soil that stays cool, but without having the roots wallow in stagnant water. Apply a layer of mulch to retain soil moisture. Water regularly, without letting the substrate dry out before you water your seedless tomatoes again.