Tomato 'Sweet Pea Currant'

Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: pimpinellifolium (pim-pi-nel-ih-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Pea Currant
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:


Family heirlooms


Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Winter Park, Florida

Pukalani, Hawaii

Urbandale, Iowa

Louisville, Kentucky

Mikado, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Campbell Hall, New York

Columbus, Ohio

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sugar Land, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 19, 2014, MaryArneson from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Amazingly good tomato flavor, very productive plants, and a real novelty. I grew several plants from seed, planted them wherever they could squeeze in, and have been enjoying and sharing handsful of them since mid-summer. Not even one has cracked. They hold well on the vines. This is one tomato that I will be sure to order next year.


On Mar 21, 2014, SoilNToil from Columbus, OH wrote:

Fine branches with lacy little leaves. Very small tomato, maybe half the size of an average cherry tomato. surprisingly sweet tomatoey flavor in a tiny package. Not bland at all. Absolutely love it. Perfect for tossing in a salad without having to cut it. Most of them don't make it into the house, however. They're so good for popping in your mouth right in the garden. I grew this plant in a 5 gal pot last year, in partial sun, and it grew and grew and produced and produced. I didn't even stake it. Just let it grow wild and stretch it's long tresses down along the ground. Being in the pot kept it from going TOO crazy, I think. I'd say the branches filled about a foot and a half diameter around the pot. It has become a favorite of my youngest daughter, who loves nothing better than to pick a... read more


On Aug 5, 2013, Lumpyspiv from No City,
Bulgaria wrote:

Grew these for the first time this year as a novelty for our neighbours (we try to grow something odd every year as a novelty) & they were fantastic! Wife likes them tossed into salads, I like them tossed into pasta. Either way, grew well, nothing special & came up so easy.


On Sep 14, 2006, jab91864 from Northern Michigan, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought the seeds from Tomato Growers. The seeds sprouted well enough that I had some extra plants to give away to friends. Loads of tiny pea sized tomatoes but BIG on flavor !!! Rave reviews from everyone I've shared them with. Most ppl seem skeptical because of the size but once they taste them they have a whole new outlook. Grab a handful and start munching, just like snack mix !!


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

I just love these tiny little gems of flavour. They're great on salads or thrown onto a pizza prior to cooking. They are really full of flavour for their size. The plants are very vigorous and they grew all in-between and around my other tomato plants. Next time I would keep them further away. The leaves are a little smaller and finer than usual regular tomato leaves. I grew them from seed. Rarely cracks. I got the seeds from Seed Savers. Their website describes this tomato as follows: "The best red currant tomato we can offer to gardeners. Hundreds of fruits per plant. Excellent clean tomato flavor. Fruits borne in trusses of 10-12 and do not drop off the vine. Indeterminate 75-80 day from transplant."