Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Last Summer Tomato - Lemon Boy

For the first time ever I was able to grow a few tomats all the way through to the end of August! 

One tomato was the amazing and just-so-Florida 'Lemon Boy'

Left is Lemon Boy 2011

I harvested the only Lemon Boy tomato before it was completely yellow and ripened it on an outside window shelf safely away from the Cardinals and Woodpeckers, who apparently also love tomatoes - who knew?

In 5 days it was a gorgeous, golden color and, I brought it inside and admired it for quite a few days while it nestled happily alongside the bananas in the fruit bowl. The bananas may have contributed to its sweetness but that's just a guess.

I'm going to call my hybrid The Golden Child - what do you think?

Here is the ripened Lemon Boy which is a rich yellow color compared to the very Lemon color - photo above.

Our little golden-nugget tomato begged to be "so much more than the sum" of its quartered parts - so to speak. So I incorporated it into one of my favorite Meatless Monday recipes, where it takes pride of place as part of the top layer. 

Oven ready

Eating ready!
Served with a side salad - what a great lunch!

Here is the recipe for the dish Spinach, mushroom, and feta cheese casserole

Note: I used 1/4 cup Gorgonzola instead of 4oz Feta and it was even better than before.
Note: The other tomatoes that made it through to August were Cherry Sweet 100's.

I grew the Lemon Boy tomato featured here from seeds of the VERY last tomatoes that fruited in 2012. That would explain the smaller size and also why the Lemon Boy was able to mature through to August ------- they usually melt in the heat of Florida Zone 10.


  1. What a lovely colored tomato and it looks delicious.

    How do you keep racoons from getting into your veggies at night?

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

  2. Good ol Lemon Boy! His is such a pretty boy! I still plan to make this casserole, and tonight could be the night!!!!! I have almost every ingredient!!!

  3. Oh my goodness ~ that casserole looks amazing!

  4. Hi ladies, thanks for visiting and posting a comment. Julie let me know how it turns out! FlowerLady I'm going to share my secret-raccoon-busting trick in an upcoming blog post - all will be revealed LOL.


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