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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: 20
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

90.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
gary from S.Jersey
Location:
Burlington, NJ, United States
Date:
November 14, 2016
          1.0
 
Very Bad
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? dont have any

What are the cons? just a bad tomato

Review:

Tried growing this one 2 years in a row... both years were extremely disappointing... A friend on mine who is a certified organic grower try this one too... same opinion as mine..... this one isn't for the tomato capital of the world - Southern New Jersey, that's for sure....

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Tiguma
Location:
Enoch, UT, United States
Date:
October 2, 2016
          5.0
 
Great tomato
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Wonderful flavor, good growth

What are the cons? Some cracking and cat facing.

Review:

We grew these in pots in less than ideal conditions and this variety was rather vigorous despite all that. It was slow to start but caught up quickly, grew well and large and tolerated the heat best for us. It set lots of fruit which were slow to ripen but worth the wait! The taste was hands down our favorite of the varieties we grew. Sweet, rich and smokey back notes. Even the tomato hater liked this one. Production for us was average to high.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
undercaliforniasuns
Location:
San Jose, CA, United States
Date:
September 17, 2016
          5.0
 
Best tomato I ever had
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Best taste, great productivity

What are the cons? None

Review:

Grew one this year, harvested >120 black tomato weighted 55 lbs! Best taste tomato I ever had! Definitely grow it again next year!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Goldcat
Location:
Pennington, NJ, United States
Date:
September 17, 2016
          5.0
 
Great tomato
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Size, shape, color, flavor

What are the cons? none

Review:

Even though we had a long, cold, wet spring, and my tomatoes got a late start, they grew fast when things heated up. It's mid September now and I am still picking tomatoes. These Brandywines, which I planted in very large pots (approx. 8 gallon pots), grew well and the tomatoes are delicious. They are juicy, tender, sweet. I love them!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Anna
Location:
Jenera, OH, United States
Date:
September 1, 2016
          3.0
 
Wishful
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Flavor

What are the cons? Splitting

Review:

I had really wanted this variety to succeed. The flavor was lovely. Rich and deep. This summer was bad for tomatoes. The sporing was very cold and wet. Then right into a long very hot and dry summer. After about 2 months of drought, we had deep rains. What tomatoes were on the vines grew so fast and large, they split and rotted before they were ripe. Perhaps in a more 'normal' season, they would have preformed better...but in our very small garden, it was just a unfortunate waste of space. I will probably not try it again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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