The pink tomato, “mountain tomato” or “virgin skin tomato” is a large fruit with a delicate skin and a delicate flavor that provides a special flavor to your dishes.
If you ask for a kilo of tomatoes and they only give you one, don’t think they made a mistake: they may offer you pink tomatoes, a variety that will probably compete in the category of heavyweights in the garden.
Barbastro pink tomatoes are a variety of tomato from the small town of Barbastro in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain.
This tomato has special characteristics such as size and colour.
In this complete article we tell you what a pink tomato is like, where it is grown and what properties and benefits it has for health.
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How to grow pink tomato
To ensure a good harvest, you must be on the lookout for pests and diseases. If you see any signs of damage, remove it immediately. You can also use potassium that does not remain as a polluting residue in the soil to control aphids and other insects.
This variety of tomato requires a lot of care and careful control of irrigation, as well as protection against fruit damage. Therefore, it requires more dedication than other races, it is important to take it into account when wanting to plant it.
The main problems that can be found in the cultivation of pink tomatoes are mold and apical necrosis.
To avoid mold, if you live in an area where it rains a lot, the best solution is to protect your plants.
Apical necrosis is not a disease caused by low calcium levels in the soil or irregular watering. When a plant lacks water, it produces less sap and the part of the stem farthest from the plant dies from lack of food. Therefore, water regularly.
Seeds and management of this type of pink tomato
Pink tomatoes are easy to grow from seed. They need full sun and well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter. Plant seeds 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart. Take care to keep the plants watered until they produce flowers and Harvest it when the fruit begins to turn red.
Propagation should be by seed, this is the easiest method as they may not be harvested in our area and we cannot claim plants from farmers we trust and the best we can become once we have him are protectors of his seed, with the added value that for the following harvests by using our own tomatoes these will be more adapted to our conditions and our climate.
In general, according to our experience, it is better to do a good tutoring of the tomato, that is why here we leave you an instructive infographic that explains the benefits of doing it.
Are you going to plant the tomato in pots?
For this type of cultivation it is important to note that when the plants reach 4 inches tall, transplant them into 5-inch pots filled with potting soil and water daily until roots begin to appear.
Once the plants are established, water regularly and feed once every two weeks with a high nitrogen fertilizer (a good option for those of us who practice permaculture is the use of urine if you have no problem with its handling).
At harvest, store tomatoes at room temperature for up to 2 weeks
To store the tomatoes, place them in a paper bag with holes punched in the top, placing it in a cool, dark place, such as a basement or garage, this applies to large-scale storage but if it is for home consumption you can easily store them go storing in your refrigerator.