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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: 30
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

86.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
vanda
Location:
athens, Greece
Date:
November 3, 2017
          5.0
 
excellent
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? amazing taste

What are the cons? none

Review:

The size, the excellent taste and the amount of tomatoes we ate...a whole troup of our guest were amazed with this one!!!!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Becca
Location:
Vancouver, WA, United States
Date:
October 21, 2017
          4.0
 
Nice Mild Attractive fruit
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Attractive fruit

What are the cons? Vulnerable to sunburn

Review:

This was my first year growing True Black Brandywine. I was a little too aggressive with pruning and sadly about half of the fruit got sunburned! So be careful in that regard, the fruits are delicate! Because of that, our yield from this large, lovely plant was much much smaller than it should/could have been. The fruits that were in tact were beautiful and added a lovely variety to our summertime tomato dishes. We had a tomato-tasting to compare all the different varieties we grew this year and True Black Brandywine are low-acid, mild-flavored tomatoes with lovely meaty flesh that was very smooth. Their dark color comes through in the flavor as an almost smoky or wine-like flavor. They are different from other tomato varieties I've grown. Sadly, our garden space is limited and I don't think we will grow them again next year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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9 out of 10 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

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2 out of 6 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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3 out of 4 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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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