Alicante (Heritage)

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Tomato Alicante is a unevenly sized golfball, standard red tomato with a full-bodied taste. The quality of the tomato is shown by the fact that it has an RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit).

The early/mid ripening, indeterminate, regular-leafed plant is an old variety, greenback free which produces relatively heavy crops and is ideal for both greenhouse and outdoor use. Historically, it was used as the breakfast tomato, boiled and served with bacon & eggs.

A very tasty, full-bodied, a favourite with us because of its high productivity & taste which we consider to be superior to Moneymaker. It also compares very favourably with other indeterminate red standard tomatoes such as:

There are also a number of similar potato leafed varieties, such as:

as well as many F1 hybrids.

We find that the potato leafed varieties tend to crop slightly earlier than the regular leafed varieties but also finish earlier so we grow Alicante or some of the other regular leafed varieties to extend our cropping season as long as possible.

We grew these outdoors as well in 2015 but they didn't ripen before we decided to harvest them because of the danger of frosts. We grew them outdoors because we were using them to compare against Crimson Crush, an F1 variety that supposedly has resistance to all forms of blight in the UK. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) there was no blight at our allotment in 2015 so we couldn't tell whether Crimson Crush was more blight resistant than any of the others we grew. What we did find was that the slugs had a good go at everything!

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: Medium/Large (avg 51g in 2013)
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early/Mid (65-75 Days)
  • Length of Harvest: Average (50d in 2013)
  • Taste: Full Bodied
  • Fruit per Truss: 6-10
  • Truss Spacing: 12-15 inches
  • Crop Weight: average 2000g per plant (2013)