Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Austin's Red Pear'

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Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Austin's Red Pear
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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Pear

Fruit Size:

Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Red

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Urbandale, Iowa

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 25, 2005, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grew this for the first time in 2005. I like it, but the flavour is a little lacking in my opinion. I would prefer a stronger taste. The plants are vigorous and there are large clusters of fruit. I grew this variety from seed, purchased from Seed Savers. Their catalogue describes this tomato as follows: "A real standout among all of Seed Saverís red pears. Extra large 2" red tomatoes with excellent flavor. Very productive; occasionally a plant with yellow fruit appears. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant."

I didn't have any yellow fruit on the 4 plants that I grew this year.

This is definitely a larger red pear than the average "cherry" size of red pear. As the Seed Savers description states, at least 2" long, some of mine are longer.