Ridged - Rouge de Marmande Tomatoes
Julia's dad got these from a market. He said these were what tomatoes used to lok like. We decided to roast them to intensify the flavours, with a bit of garlic and rosemary. They were quite sweet and almost fragrant like a Roma tomato, but a bit sharp and green tasting, perhaps ripened after picking.
Fruit shapes described as globular, cherry shaped, egg shaped are pretty self evident, but oblate or deeply oblate means a flat fruit often with ridges on the fruit, such as is common on the fruit of Rouge de Marmande.
Rouge de Marmande is an open pollinated indeterminate bush to 2.5 metres. An old favourite for the early to mid season crop with excellent flavour and an exceptional fruit set in cool areas such as Tasmania. The almost flat deep oblate fruits are usually 6-8cm in diameter, but show considerable variation in size when compared to some of the modern cultivars. They are very versatile in the kitchen. Seed readily available from Yates, Kings, New Gippsland and Grower's Pride.