Experts at growing tomatoes are a dime a dozen in the Far North, but Glenda Job might well be in a class of her own.

The stars of her Paparore Rd garden, north of Awanui, are three tomato plants grown from seeds she was given by a Dalmatian woman, which are so heavily laden with massive fruit that the branches were in danger of breaking, despite being supported by a trellis.

Each plant stood a good two metres tall, she said, and while the fruit were perhaps not the prettiest of their species they were very sweet. They did not have a lot of seeds, but she was keeping some for another crop next year.

"I've been growing tomatoes for years," she added, "but I've never had anything like these."

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The monsters were destined to be turned into tomato relish.