Tomato, Fantome du Laos (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. White. 80 days. Indet.
3-4″ lobed, 6-8 oz tomatoes ripen to a very pale cream color. Flavor is very mild with a subtle sweetness. Good keeping qualities and very high yields. We have found it to yield well but late. A good variety to add to rainbow tomato dishes. White tomato types are generally lower in acidity so if that’s a problem for your digestion but you still want to eat a fresh tomato, Fantome du Laos is the variety for you. According to Tatiana’s TOMATObase, this variety is from Laos, “where there’s a tale saying that when ghosts are afoot, it will glow in the dark.” This rings true to us as we know there are many ghost stories in Southeast Asia, where the spirit world is taken very seriously, particularly in hill tribe communities. If you think your garden is haunted, this tomato may help you discover the truth!
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.
Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.