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True Black Brandywine Tomato (25 seeds) (TP114) $2.75

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True Black Brandywine Tomato

         
 
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80-90 days. This fine variety was sent to us by our friend, famed seed collector and food writer, William Woys Weaver, of Pennsylvania. It was passed down to him from his Quaker grandfather's collection dating back to the 1920s. As to its history, Will states "The 'true' Black Brandywine was bred sometime in the late 1920s by Dr. Harold E. Martin (1888-1959), a dentist turned plant breeder who is best remembered today for his famous pole lima with huge seeds. Dr. Martin lived in Westtown, PA, only a few miles from my grandfather's place in West Chester, and the two were gardening buddies. It was through that connection that his grandfather managed to wheedle seed out of the good doctor, as well as the details on how he created it. Dr. Martin always had a high opinion of his plant creations and did not like to share them–he charged 25 cents a seed for his lima, unheard of in those days. And he never released his Black Brandywine to a seed company, nor did he share it with many people, so I am fairly certain it never circulated among growers like his popular lima bean. According to my grandfather, Black Brandywine was a controlled cross between Brandywine and the original brown Beefsteak tomato otherwise known as Fejee Improved. Fejee Improved is probably extinct." We thank Will for entrusting us with this great-tasting tomato that is extra large in size and full of the deep, earthy and sweet flavor that has made blackish-purple tomatoes so popular. Some fruits tended to crack, but the yield was heavy, and the plants were vigorous and did well in our hot Missouri summer. Superior for salsa and cooking. We enjoyed these all summer, both fresh and in countless recipes. A great home garden variety that will surely become a favorite. See Mr Weaver's article about this tomato in the Winter 06/07 issue of "The Heirloom Gardener" magazine.
 
True Black Brandywine Tomato
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 25
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

88.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Pedal
Location:
Peoria, IL, United States
Date:
August 10, 2017
          5.0
 
Delicious and So easy to grow
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Taste, color and production

What are the cons? Nothing

Review:

These are some of the most beautiful, delicious and tasty tomatoes I've ever grown. Very prolific. Everything I planted came up. We have a VERY productive tomato patch right now and I must get in 2 dozen tomatoes every few days.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
HeffernanOrganics
Location:
Houston, TX, United States
Date:
July 14, 2017
          5.0
 
The Perfect Beefsteak
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Taste, size, appearance

What are the cons? Some Cracking

Review:

Some of the most prolific and delicious beefsteaks I have ever grown. These tomatoes grow in clusters that can weight multiple pounds, my largest of the year so far weight 4 pounds and had 5 tomatoes attached. The only problem is that they seem to mature together and take a while to start producing again. A lot of that has to do with where I live and how hot/humid it's been.Well worth the wait regardless and I will grow these as long as I can garden. Such a beautiful variety.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Adeana
Location:
Madison, TN, United States
Date:
June 20, 2017
          2.0
 
Not doing so hot.
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? N/A

What are the cons? N/A

Review:

While we got a late start with our seeds this year. These are not growing well at all and lol sickly. We are growing 5 different types of tomatoes (all from baker creek)and all of the other 4 are thriving. These plants have leaves that keep withering up and dying. They have all received the same water, feeding, pest prevention which leaves us boggled. The leaves have an upward curl and the plants just look bad. None of them have had any real pest problems and they are planted along side other tomato plants that like I said earlier are thriving. They do have a few blossoms on them, but have yet to produce any fruit. I'll update this as the season continues. But as for now, these are very discouraging plants.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Gardening in the Fog
Location:
San Bruno, CA, United States
Date:
June 3, 2017
          5.0
 
Scrumptious and Amazing
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? delicious and prolific

What are the cons? none

Review:

Last year we had the coolest summer since 1942. It was the coolest summer in 72 years! All of the tomatoes in my garden were stunted, diseased and didn't set much fruit except for True Black Brandywine. It didn't set much fruit either until the weather finally warmed up in late August, but it kept growing and growing. Once it warmed up though, it took off like a rocket. It was loaded with fruit. The other tomatoes never really caught up, though I have to say the only other tomato that produced much fruit was Mortgage Lifter. When we finally got to taste True Black Brandywine, it was delicious, even better than the original Brandywine. This is one tomato that has earned a permanent place in my garden!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

1 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mart4brew
Location:
vacaville, CA, United States
Date:
May 25, 2017
          5.0
 
cant wait for 2017 harvest
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? healthy , prolific

What are the cons? none

Review:

I have been planting these for the last 4 years or so, but this year they are producing very prolific. Can't wait for my fresh salsa!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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