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Galapagos Wild AKA Wild Galapagos Tomato – (Solanum cheesmaniae)
Indeterminate, regular leaf plant produces high yields of small, golden yellow-orange fruit with delicious flavors. From the Underwood Garden’s catalog, “This is the true wild Galapagos Island tomato variety, collected by Sarah Darwin, great-granddaughter of (naturalist) Charles Darwin. These tomatoes are found growing right along the seafront, just feet from the ocean in rocky, exposed and almost soilless conditions. ”
“The Wild Galapagos Tomato is one of two indigenous varieties of tomatoes on the Galapagos Islands, and is the only edible one. This is why it’s scientific name is completely different than any other tomato!”
It can take anywhere from 4 to 45 days to germinate, based on recent reports. Under germination testing these two varieties have taken longer than “regular” tomatoes to germinate under controlled conditions.
“Wild Galapagos tomato is the only tomato that keeps producing throughout the heat of the summer! With a daily high of 110°F for over 40 days, the Wild Galapagos was the only tomato to keep going, giving about 2 pints of tomatoes every other day from 2 plants.”