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‘Chocolate Lightning’ was developed by the members of the ‘Dwarf Tomato Project’ from a cross made in 2008 by Vince Lavallo between ‘Beauty King’ and F5 generation of ‘Dwarf Wild Fred’ and named ‘Beauty Family’. Chocolate Lightning’ was selected from it and named by Vince. Stabilization was the collaborative work of Robin Bort, Susan Oliverson, Lisa Moore, Patrick Sullivan, Bill Yoder, Roberto, Caro del Castillo, Desire Sommers, Jenna D’Amore, Bill Minkey, and Craig LeHoullier. First introduced commercially by the Victory Seed Company, Tatiana’s TOMATObase Seeds, and The Sample Seed Shop in 2015.
This mid-season tall dwarf is vigorous and has rugose regular leaf foliage, and excellent production of medium (4-8oz/113-227g), smooth, slightly oblate, chocolate-colored tomatoes with jagged green and gold stripes. The rich crimson flesh possesses the intense flavor of black tomatoes with an added component of great balance.