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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: 28
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

85.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Yarb Woman
Location:
Morley, MI, United States
Date:
October 13, 2017
          5.0
 
Road Kill
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Flavor!

What are the cons? Planted too late.

Review:

I've grown both this Brandywine & Cherokee Purple for years. The Brandywine has always had such sweetness - maybe it's our dirt? One year I had an over abundance & canned about 20 qts. which I left in chunks. My husband went to the cellar to get a jar for supper - he didn't pay attention to the canning. Said he couldn't find tomatoes, just a bunch of "road kill" looking stuff. Such a funny guy. After having the spaghetti sauce he loved the flavor, but, now we always refer to the dark heirlooms as "road kill". Sometimes, company doesn't quite get it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

1 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
MrsKonop
Location:
Green Bay, WI, United States
Date:
October 2, 2017
          3.0
 
Not Quite Like the Picture
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Tasty, Produces a Fair Amount

What are the cons? Color, Attractive to Slugs

Review:

Honestly I am really disappointed with this tomato after reading the write up in the catalog last year. The color when ripe is not nearly as dark as the pictures. The shoulder of the fruit do not ripen as fast as the rest of the tomato so when using for canning you often have to cut off the top. We had an issue in the beginning of the season with most of these being slug food. We figured out that it is because they do not ripen as dark as the photos suggested and haven't lost them to slugs since. The flavor of these tomatoes is good however and we are thinking of trying them again next year now that we know what to watch for when ripening. I just wish they were as dark as the photo because that was the main reason we purchase them, well that and for canning them.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Lori
Location:
North Hampton, NH, United States
Date:
September 28, 2017
          4.0
 
Huge
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? Big jucy tom, took a while.

What are the cons? not a good shelf life

Review:

Have an abundance of very large sandwitch size. Some don't like the darkness but very tasty.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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12 out of 12 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

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10 out of 10 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
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