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Novelty tom shocks grower

PETER HIDE
Last updated 09:11 05/02/2013
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A Rangiora man has produced what he calls ‘‘a novelty’’ tomato weighing in at almost half a kilo.


Alf Turner, aged 83, has been growing tomatoes for 60 years, originally at Palmer Street ‘‘on the edge of town at that time’’, and more recently at his smaller townhouse at Buckham Street.


He grew what he thought were beefsteak tomatoes and produced this particular sample, with a hole in the middle big enough to put his finger through.


‘‘It was unusual because it came from a triple flower. I had other beefsteak tomatoes with three flowers too, but I reduced them to a single flower, so this one is kind of rare.’’ 


Mr Turner said his wife Rayleen thought it was a novelty too.

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