Pear tomato or Corn Seed is the common name for any one in a group of indeterminate heirloom tomatoes. There are yellow, orange, and red varieties of this tomato; the yellow variety being most common. They are generally sweet, and are in the shape of a pear, but smaller. They are heirlooms and have 3 common other names, such as the "Red/Orange/Yellow Pear Tomato Plants."
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The tomato originates from the Americas and was introduced to the Europe in the 16th century. The pear tomato originated in Europe in the 18th century. Within the next century both England and the United States were introduced to the fruit. In 1752 records show the English using it for flavoring soups.
The first recorded yellow pear tomatoes were grown in Europe in 1805. In 1825 the Hudson's Bay Company, Fort Vancouver, once the headquarters of the fur trade in the Northwest, operated a seven-acre farm filled with flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits, among which was the yellow pear tomato.
In 1847, three varieties of tomato, including the pear tomato, were grown for the table in the United States. In 1863 seedsman Joseph Ellis offered over a hundred varies of tomato seeds for sale in Utah and Denver, including those of the yellow pear tomato. In 1889, George Thomas & Co. sold pear tomatoes.
- http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/gardening/hgic1255.html, Clemson University, Heirloom Vegetables, Tomatoes, Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- http://www.westcoastseeds.com/productdetail/vegetable-seeds/Tomatoes/Yellow-Pear/, West Coast Seeds, Yellow Pear, Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- Dr. Carolyn Male, 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden, http://tomatogardener.blogspot.com/2010/07/tomato-profile-yellow-pear.html, Retrieved January 28, 2011.