What is a Green Moldovan tomato? This rare beefsteak tomato has a round, somewhat flattened shape. The skin is lime-green with a yellowish blush. The flesh is bright, neon green with a mild citrusy, tropical flavor. You can slice this tomato and eat it straight from the vine, or incorporate it into salads or cooked dishes. Interested in growing Moldovan green tomatoes? Read on to learn all about it.
Moldovan Green Tomato Facts
The Moldovan green tomato is an heirloom plant, which means it has been around for generations. Unlike newer hybrid tomatoes, Moldovan green tomatoes are open-pollinated, which means plants grown from seed will be nearly identical to the parent plants.
As you may have guessed, this green tomato originated in Moldova, a country well known for its unspoiled countryside and beautiful vineyards.
How to Grow a Green Moldovan Tomato
Green Moldovan tomato plants are indeterminate, which means they will continue to grow and produce tomatoes until the plants are nipped by the first frost in autumn.
Like most tomatoes, Green Moldovan tomatoes grow in nearly any climate with at least three to four months of warm dry weather and plenty of sunlight. They are a challenge to grow in cool, moist climates with short growing seasons.
Moldovan Green Tomato Care
Moldovan green tomatoes need rich, well-drained soil. Dig in a generous amount of compost or well-rotted manure before planting, along with a slow-release fertilizer. Thereafter, feed the tomato plants once every month throughout the growing season.
Allow at least 24 to 36 inches (60-90 cm.) between each tomato plant. If necessary, protect young Green Moldovan tomato plants with a frost blanket if nights are chilly.
Water the plants whenever the top 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 cm.) of soil feels dry to the touch. Never allow the soil to become either too soggy or too dry. Uneven moisture levels may result in problems such as blossom end rot or cracked fruit. A thin layer of mulch will help keep the soil evenly moist and cool.
Green Moldovan tomatoes plants are heavy when they are loaded with fruit. Stake the plants or provide cages or some other type of sturdy support.