Variety Spotlight: Midnight Snack Tomato

This is the latest in a series of posts that I’ve done about my favorite varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs we grow at Happy Acres. To see my other Spotlights, and those from other garden bloggers, visit the Variety Spotlights page.

Today’s Spotlight is on a brand new cherry tomato I’m growing called Midnight Snack. It’s a 2017 National AAS Winner that is the best tasting indigo-type tomato I’ve ever grown. The tomatoes develop a stunning black-purple coloration when exposed to sunlight. The coloration come from anthocyanin pigments, which means these tomatoes are loaded with even more antioxidants than usual for a tomato. They’re also loaded with flavor, which is a good thing because my plant is loaded with lots of these delicious tomatoes!

Midnight Snack tomatoes

Midnight Snack tomatoes

Midnight Snack grows on sprawling indeterminate vines, so it needs to be caged or staked in the garden. I used a five foot tall remesh cage and it has grown over the top of the cage and almost back down to the ground. The tomatoes are ready to harvest approximately 65-70 days after setting out the plants.

Midnight Snack tomatoes

Midnight Snack tomatoes

The immature green fruits develop the purplish black color early on if they are in the sunlight. The tomatoes are nice sized too for a cherry type, larger than most, and are borne in clusters of four to as many as eight fruits on my plant. I have not seen any problems with splitting of the fruits either, despite a couple of rainy spells that had other tomatoes cracking and rotting on the vine.

young tomatoes with indigo coloration

young tomatoes with indigo coloration

Tomatoes that ripen without direct sunlight will not develop the indigo blush, but they are just as tasty. In the below photo there are three large ones that set on in the middle of the cage, and are a dark shade of red with no purple coloration.

Midnight Snack tomatoes

Midnight Snack tomatoes

In the kitchen, we have used them in all the ways we use other cherry tomatoes. They are wonderful on and in salads. And we have slow roasted them in the oven and dehydrated them, both of which concentrates the flavor. The taste is hard for me to describe, tart and perhaps a bit savory, and very flavorful. I have snacked on quite a few of them out in the garden, fresh from the vine.

Midnight Snack ready to eat

Midnight Snack ready to eat

I hope you have enjoyed this spotlight on a new tomato that has quickly become a favorite here at Happy Acres. This year seed for Midnight Snack is available in the U.S. from Park Seed and J.W. Jung Seed companies. Hopefully it will be more widely available next year. This year All-American Selections sent me seeds of these to trial in our gardens, though I was under no obligation to give them a favorable review, or to review them at all for that matter. I’ll be back soon with another variety to spotlight.

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13 Responses to Variety Spotlight: Midnight Snack Tomato

  1. Margaret says:

    I’ve been looking for a red cherry to try and these sound perfect, especially as they are not prone to splitting, a problem I’ve been having with Sungold, esp. later in the season. I’ll be adding these to my list.

  2. Gail Pabst says:

    Thanks for the shout out about new AAS Winner Midnight Snack Tomatoes! Glad you enjoyed them this year in your garden! Please give them a review at http://all-americaselections.org/product/tomato-midnight-snack/

  3. Michelle says:

    I may have to put those to the test next year and see how they perform in my climate. They sure look like winners for you. I’ve been reluctant to try any of the “indigo” types of tomatoes because the first ones on the market seemed to lack flavor, but the newer varieties seem to be getting higher marks for flavor.

    • Dave says:

      I grew Indigo Rose when it first came out and I thought it was horrible! I only ate a couple and the rest went on the compost pile. Midnight Snack tastes nothing like that.

  4. Phuong says:

    They sound lovely, I do enjoy tart cherry tomatoes. None of the cherries I grew this year had that nice tartness. And it looks like Cosmonaut Volkov did well for you this year, I think it’s a tasty tomato that’s very consistent, it’ll produce in bad years when few others will.

  5. Carol says:

    I am growing this tomatoe but they taste bitter to me. Are you supposed to eat them in the black state or wait till turn red….hard time getting them to turn red but have gotten two red ones and taste bitter???

  6. Carol says:

    ok… I’m confused. You showed the red/purple ones, & said that’s what they look like when they get sun. Then you showed 3 red ones that you said were shaded, therefore didn’t turn purple. So, are they ready to eat when they have turned from green/purple to red/purple or do we then have to wait for them to turn completely red? Your reply/comment above says you wait for them t turn red!

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      They turn from green to red when ripe. If they are red & purple, they are ripe. If they are all red, they are ripe. They need sun to have the purple coloration, so mine had a mix of all red and reddish purple ones.

  7. susan regan says:

    When I was buying my tomato plants I bought this midnight snack tomato. I did not know what to expect as the tag had no picture. They were absolutely gorgeous purple and green and then to purple and red. The plant was so big and had possibly a hundred tomatoes on it. Of course I gave some away to the neighbors and everyone loved them and was so surprised by their color. My other tomato plants are just about the at the end of the season and I still have many midnight snack Tomatoes left to ripen.

  8. Tim says:

    This is the second year I’ve grown them and am quite pleased. They are a very big if not huge sprawling variety so give them plenty of room. Mine have been slow to mature but worth the wait. No splits and the foliage does not deteriorate from below over time like so many other varieties.

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      It’s good to hear how they are doing for you. My plants are still going strong this year when many of the others are struggling.

      • Tim says:

        Should mention I’m in Northern Indiana. We can usually go into early October before a frost and the way these plants are holding up, they should easily last till then. I made a cylinder shape out of heavy gauge farm fence five feet tall and secured sassafras poles around the circumference taking the vines up to at least 7 feet. A week ago, the weight of the plant snapped some the poles and its now streaming down one side, healthy as can be. .

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