In this video we show you how the real Raf tomato is
Raf tomato plants are small and very unproductive, with asurcados (wrinkled) fruits, usually bulging, intense green, but not blackish, and soft and crispy skin.
A Raf tomato plant will hardly reach 1.70 m. due to its weak root, and will produce a maximum of 4 corsages, giving approximately 3 Kg per plant, which explains its price.
A hybrid, such as "Delizia", can produce more than 6 kg per plant, so it will never be justified to sell at the same price as an authentic Raf.
Authentic Raf can have a thousand sizes, but will never exceed 7-8 cm. It is not a large tomato, quite the opposite, they are usually small and very heterogeneous.
Unlike many of the hybrids that are usually flattened, the authentic Raf are rounded, and even with a certain heart shape and wrinkled, although this will depend on the cold with which the flowers curdle.
The Raf is natural, and its color is intense green, pulling gold, but it will never be blackish green. In addition, you will almost never have variegated stripes on your pistil closure, which do appear in many of your hybrids.
The typical shoulders of the asurcados are moderately marked in the Raf, but will be lost as they mature, while in many hybrids they remain the same even if they mature.
This is one of the most interesting tricks, since the authentic Raf have pedicle leaves closed or contracted on themselves, unlike most hybrids that are open and placed on tomatoes.
The placenta, or inner trunk of the fruit of the Raf tomato is very fleshy and soft on the palate, and that is where it accumulates much of its concentration of sugars. On the contrary, most hybrids, especially when grafted, usually have a very hard and fibrous trunk or placenta, to the point that in most fruits it is not edible.
The locule or pulp, is where the seeds of the Raf tomato are found, and its most liquid part. In an authentic Raf, this locule has a low concentration of water and the seeds are very small, while in hybrids they usually have more water (they are more irrigated to gain weight) and their larger seeds.
The skin is formed by the mesocarp, which is the most fleshy part, and the endocarp that is the outer skin itself. In a Raf the set of the two parts is more crunchy and the skin melts smoothly on the palate with a wide range of aromas and nuances, while, in hybrids, the skin is much harder, has virtually no aromas, and it is especially acid, even bitter.