Riñon Rippled Delight Tomato
Origin: Cuba, via New Jersey
Improvement Status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~35
Germination tested 12/2019: 81%
Life cycle: Annual
EFN ORIGINAL. Tomatoes across the Americas are known as "Riñon", which means kidney, but the earliest in the USDA's collection came from Cuba in 1932. Already less than uniform when it was collected from the wild in Cuba (according to the original notes), nearly a century in the USDA's collection seems to have made the government's variety even more variable. When we first grew it out, we found at least a dozen different types, ranging in size, shape, flavor, color, and vigor. With a little selection, we've basically stabilized this wonderful little tomato from the 'Riñon' genepool: a reddish-pink, flat, fasciated (deeply ribbed), flavorful and incredibly productive tomato. This is the first EFN tomato, which we are proudly releasing with the Open Source Seed Initiative pledge.
GROWING TIPS: As with other tomatoes, start indoors in March or early April and transplant outdoors after danger of last frost. Plants should be 2-3 feet apart. This is a fast-growing, very tall tomato, so it will benefit from a tall trellis or long stakes. Expect some variation to still crop up, but only save seeds from the plants producing the most ribbed, best-tasting tomatoes.