How Green Was My Garden: Matina Mystery

Mystery tomatoes 001While picking my Matina organic tomatoes today I came across two shriveled up globes that I thought were just rotten or fungally affected tomatoes but when I went to pick them I found they were hard firm fruit with an aroma similar to sage. I have never in all my years of gardening seen anything like this grow from a tomato plant.

They are almost alien like and reminiscent of hedge balls you can purchase as a natural repellent for spiders in your home.

If anyone has any information to help me identify these strange tomato plant formations please let me know, I don’t know whether I am more intrigued or afraid at this point.  The Matinas are still producing wonderfully, and there were even juicy red tomatoes on the same vine and bunch as these strange green creatures.  There are only two that I can see out of three plants so far but it is indeed a Matina Mystery I would like solved.

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4 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on August 30th, 2009 @ 6:48 am
  2. Fiona (unregistered) on August 30th, 2009 @ 8:22 am

    It is hard like a nut, no wrapper to remove with fruit inside so not a tomatillo.

  3. Sarah (unregistered) on August 30th, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    Contact the U o M extension service.

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