Reisetomate tomatoes originated in Central or South America, beyond that there are multiple contradictory stories of its History. Also called 'Traveler Tomato' which led some folks to claim it as a German heirloom because 'reise' is German for travel, although its German Origins have been repudiated. They are some pretty funky looking tomatoes. They look like a cluster of cherry tomatoes conjoined into a huge amalgamated clump. Actually that's exactly what they are, each lump on the clump is a tomato in its own right, with its own seed pockets and core that can be cut away from one another. The clumps tend to be pear shape, or some say like individual cloves from a garlic bulb.
They have fairly thick skins and are tad juicier than most other tomatoes, they are also highly acidic. Despite their bizarre appearance, thick skins and elevated aciidity they are still sweet to eat with a zesty but somewhat tart tomato flavor. Due to their thick skin, they store well, they aren't gonna stay for months but will last a tad longer than most of their tomato cousins.
It doesn't always ripen evenly, so while one clump may be green it's next door neighbor may be bright fire engine red. Store Reisetomate tomatoes at room temperature away from sunlight to fully ripen for 3 to 4 days. Refrigeration is advisable after that.
Reisetomate tomatoes can be used just as any other tomato, eaten fresh, in salads. For cooking it's best to keep in mind their high acidity which works well simple medditeranean dishes paired with basil, mozzarella, olive oil and so forth to make salsas and sauces. They're a bit watery for sauce all by themselves, and are best blended with other tomatoes for this endeavor.
Some people do not like the way these tomatoes taste at all, for those not fond of the high acidity there is also an improved version of Reisetomate tomatoes known as Godzilla Tomatoes which are sweeter and ripen more uniformly.
Germination 5 to 10 days
Maturity 65 to 75 days
Start Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost
Mature Height 3 to 6 ft.
Soil pH 6.0 to 6.5