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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. Potato leaf. 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.
 
True Black Brandywine Tomato
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 35
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

88.6% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Granja Aya
Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Date:
March 11, 2019
          5.0
 
Unbelievably yummy
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Taste, color, appearance

What are the cons? We started our seeds too late

Review:

In late Summer/early Fall of 2018, we transplanted 1 or 2 True Black Brandywine that we started from seed. We started too late so didn't think we'd have anything to show for it as the Fall and Winter here in SoCal has been unusually rainy (but, very thankful as it's been overdue!). I kept an eye on it for the last few months as it struggled with more rain than usual and not enough sun then we finally had one tomato!! Because it was getting a bit heavy and soft, I nervously decided to pick it. It was just the right time before it got too ripe. We sliced it open to see all the beautiful dark red color, seeds and tried a slice. DELICIOUS!!! This is the first time I've ever tasted a tomato that really tasted like a tomato but with a rich, earthy flavor and very slightly sweet but so appropriate. It was unbelievably yummy! We'll be seed starting/planting earlier this year and will post results. If you're thinking about getting it-go for it! Your taste buds will be pleased!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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32 out of 33 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Humberto
Location:
Alcorcon, Madrid, Spain
Date:
October 12, 2018
          5.0
 
Amazing choice
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Size, Taste, thin skined, meat

What are the cons? Nothing so far!

Review:

It says it all in the description! Very tough plant, easy to grow and a great recomendation for any beginning or experienced gardener. Not a lot of care invlved but if you want the best this plant can offer I suggest keeping a close eye and setting up a guide for its growth. I used Neem oil starting early when it was a foot tall and just spray once every week. Great meaty tomato with a wonderful taste. I almost treat these like a delicacy, I serve it by chopping it into bitesize peices, drizzling olive oil over the top and sprinkling some salt flakes. My guest love them! One of the best out there!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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19 out of 19 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Cal
Location:
Yucaipa, CA, United States
Date:
September 6, 2018
          4.0
 
Another great tomato
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Great tasting tomato!

What are the cons? Usual slow start.

Review:

This has been one of the best tomato's for a BLT, right behind the German Pink. Good size, hearty plants, transplanted well and had good germination. Going to be a regular feature in our gardens.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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25 out of 25 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
jelllyjaw
Location:
maryville, IL, United States
Date:
July 22, 2018
          5.0
 
black brandywine
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? matures fast

What are the cons? only planted 3 plants, want mo

Review:

this is the first time i grew these tomatoes and everybody says its the best tomato they ever ate. it's sweet and juicy.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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55 out of 58 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kelly from Mary Janes Garden
Location:
Grandview, MO, United States
Date:
December 11, 2017
          5.0
 
Very few cracks
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Very large, Big tomato taste

What are the cons? Can over heat in hot sun

Review:

Sturdy plants produce very large fruit, with solid, dense flesh. Will produce a good amount of fruit that seems early for large heirlooms and will continue until frost. I did not have any disease problems. Strong staking is needed. The fruit can over heat in direct afternoon sun. They do not seem to crack or split even when over 1.5 lbs. Keep evenly moist for biggest fruit. We love the true big tomato taste, they are our favorite tomato for home made Bruschetta

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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