The July Plant of the Month is Cherry Tomatoes

​​The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce that the July "Plant of the Month" is cherry tomatoes.

Cherry tomatoes derived their name because the tomato clusters were viewed as resembling the shape of a cherry and grow in clusters like cherries. Cherry tomatoes range in a variety of colors (red, yellow, orange, and purple) and sizes can be as small as a thumb tip or to the size of a golf ball and are primarily round in size but can be slightly oblong. Cherry tomatoes promote excellent health benefits and are full of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, A, E, and potassium.

"Cherry tomatoes may be small, but their impact on flavor and presentation is monumental, reminding us that greatness often comes in vibrant, bite-sized packages," said County Commission Chair Mary Alford.

July is a good time to grow cherry tomatoes in North Central Florida. Check the Plant of the Month website for information on planting, harvesting, recipes, and more. Listen to the Extension Cord Podcast for further insights on the Plant of the Month.

The Plant of the Month program is a collaborative effort between Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteers, Alachua County Public Library, and Working Food. 

For more information, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County at 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office website for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

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