Wherokowhai Tomato
'Wherokowhai' tomato slice.

Wherokowhai Tomato

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Yellow with red swirls with an outstanding, sweet flavor.
Wherokowhai  Certified Naturally Grown Seed Open Source Seed Initiative

90 days, dwarf — A mid to late season, rugose, potato leaf dwarf which was the first bi-colored variety offered by the "Dwarf Tomato Project."  The medium to medium large (four to fourteen ounce), oblate fruit are yellow with red swirls with an outstanding, sweet flavor, and can be considered a dwarf version of one of its parents, 'Lucky Cross'. 'Wherokowhai' means "red/yellow" in the native New Zealand Maori language and is pronounced "fer-dow-co-fi." It was named by New Zealand project member Richard Watson.

Developed by members of the "Dwarf Tomato Project" as a selection out of the "Dizzy family" ('Dwarf Russian Swirl' and 'Lucky Cross'). Wherokowhai is the collaborative work of Ray South, Richard Watson (who named it), Craig LeHoullier, Martha Hufford, Soren Linnemann, Lyn Rancourt, Patrina Nuske Small, Michael Volk, Bill Yoder, Doug Frank, Bill Minkey and Willa Osis. Introduced in 2014. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
Great Tomato!
The Master Gardeners of San juan County just had a tomato tasting, and Wherokowhai was a winner! Beautiful on the plant, and even prettier when sliced, these tasted divine. Rich and complex, sweet and refreshing, they were wonderful. Everyone was a fan! Will grow again...and again!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from San Juan County, Washington. on 9/12/2019
Splits in Earthtainer
A handsome, very good-tasting tomato, but in an Earthtainer, it split badly for me. Four foot plus plant for me. Perhaps in a drier environment and/or maybe picked part-ripe, it might show less splitting.

VSC NOTES: Thank you for the information, Larry. It sounds like the kind of thing that happens to tomato fruits that receive a big dose of water, whether from a rain storm or hose, at just the wrong time in the fruit development stage.

Grown in the ground, does pretty well and exhibits very little splitting. Thank you again for sharing your info! ~Mike
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Reviewed by:  from Midwest 5b. on 2/5/2016
I just love this tomato - think Lucky Cross flavor and color on a dwarf plant
I've had a hand in developing most of the Dwarf Tomato Project varieties, but some really stand out for me - and this is one. Potato leaf dwarfs are just the most gorgeous plants. The productivity is fine, fruit size in the 6 ounce range, but I've seen them approach one pound - smooth oblate, yellow with swirls of red, and a flavor on a par with my favorite indeterminate bicolor (the only large bicolor I enjoy eating, really), Lucky Cross. This one is one of the many triumphs of our unique breeding project, in my opinion
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Raleigh NC. on 2/6/2022
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