Here it is, the first tomato of the 2007 growing year . . . . drum roll, please!
Yes, it's that tiny, ping-pong ball sized red thing on the left. The apple - included to give a bit of perspective - is a standard sized Granny Smith.
Ah, but I shouldn't tease. It's the first tomato, and even though it's small, and had a bit of blossom end rot, it was immediately cut into 4 tiny pieces and shared between Spouse and me. It was delicious.
Surprisingly, this first tomato was not a cherry and not a Gregori Altai, which I had planted as my potential earliest tomato. No, this was Cuoro de Toro, an Italian main-crop variety I got from tomatobob.com (which is also where I got the Gregori Altai seed). Ironically, the description says it produces "oxheart shaped fruits [that] weigh up to 2 lbs!!!" (The three exclamation points are courtesy of Tomato Bob.) As the season progresses, then, I should be seeing some big tomatoes, but not yet.