80 days, dwarf
— The vigorous, rugose
, regular leaf plants are among the taller growing of the new dwarf varieties. The plants produce excellent yields of medium sized (four to eight ounce) smooth, slightly oblate chocolate colored tomatoes with jagged green and gold stripes. The rich crimson flesh has the intense flavor of black tomatoes but with great balance.
'Chocolate Lightning' was bred by the "Dwarf Tomato Project
" and introduced commercially by the Victory Seed Company for the 2015 gardening season. This variety originated with a cross between 'Dwarf Wild Fred
' and 'Beauty King' made by Vince Lavallo and named "Beauty
." 'Chocolate Lightning' was selected and named by Vince.
The "Beauty family
" is very complex and a few surprises could result when growing this variety, with stripes of different colors. Among those who contributed to stabilizing this new dwarf variety are Robin Bort, Susan Oliverson, Lisa Moore, Patrick Sullivan, Bill Yoder, Roberto, Caro del Castillo, Desire Sommers, Jenna D’Amore, Bill Minkey, and Craig LeHoullier
. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.