The 'Moldovan Green' has become a very popular tomato recently, for very obvious reasons: it produces huge, delicious, strikingly beautiful fruit. Many people are intimidated by a tomato that ripens green, worried they will pick it too soon and never be able to tell when it is ripe, but this variety gives itself away with a yellow blush and a suppleness to the skin that make its readiness apparent as soon as you encounter a ripe friut. Once you do, you'll want to use this tomato in everything: sauces, salsas, salads, sandwiches, etc. We consider it one of the most flavorful tomatoes of all. If you want to try an interesting heirloom tomato worthy of crafting an entire dish around (even if only a pitch-perfect Caprese salad), give 'Moldovan Green' a try.
Moldova is a little-known country straddling the border between Ukraine and Romania. A wide strip of land along the border considers itself the state of Transnistria, but the international community considers this breakaway state part of Moldova. It has been a "frozen conflict zone" since a brief war following the independence of Moldova after the fall of the Soviet Union. Moldova itself is now the poorest country in Europe, and many of its rural citizens have fled to cities or to other parts of Europe in search of opportunity.
GROWING TIPS: Start seeds indoors in March or early April, transplant outside after danger of last frost. Space plants 18-24 inches apart. They will benefit from a trellis or tomato cage. Full sun preferred.