There are 4 tomatoes in this bowl, weighing 3kg in total.When I visit my neighbour and vegetable gardening guru Edouard he asks me none of these things. He just says 'Come with me' and hands me the biggest tomatoes you've ever seen, straight off the bush. Each of these beauties weighs between 500g and a kilo. They are unfertilized, but probably watered fairly generously. He sprays them from time to time with Bordeaux mixture (copper sulphate) which leaves blues spots on their skin but protects them from fungal diseases. Since copper sulphate is rather toxic to all manner of living creatures, it's a good idea to carefully wash, or even better to skin tomatoes presented to you by your French neighbour, but nevertheless they are a welcome gift.
Earlier in the year he gave us 4 seedlings of this tomato variety and although they have grown and are producing, our tomatoes are less than half the size of Edouard's. I suppose it is that ours have had to rely on the rain and rarely get watered. He adjured me to save the seed so I could grow some of my own next year. Since they are not F1 hybrids they come true. I have no idea what the variety name is - they may well be 'Edouard's Biggies' .