The tomberry was developed in the Netherlands by crossing a very small wild tomato with modern varieties using conventional breeding techniques. The kid-friendly tomberry is similar in size to a blueberry, making it the tiniest tomato in the world. It has recently been released in Australia. The greenhouse company that grows the majority of Australia's tomberries north of Adelaide says it cannot keep up with demand.
"I can see the consumers love this product. I can see the chefs love to use this for their dishes, so I think it's got a future," said P'Petual General Manager Henry Liu. But what is a convenient snack for consumers is proving rather inconvenient for growers. "I'm always up for a challenge, and this is definitely one of the bigger challenges," said P'Petual's head grower Andrew Potter, who has been in the tomato game for almost three decades.
"They're roughly about 25 percent higher maintenance than a traditional tomato crop," said Mr. Potter. The variety produces up to 300 tiny tomatoes on a single bunch in summer.