Amish Paste (paste/oxheart)
Dates back to the turn of the century with the Amish in Wisconsin, and is often called the best for sauces and canning. Its deep red fruits are large for paste types (about 8 oz.) making it more of an “oxheart” variety. As with all 5 of our oxhearts, production is lower than typical pastes, however the “real tomato” flavor is outstanding. Indet. 74 days
Andrew Rahart’s Jumbo Red
These brilliant, scarlet red beefsteaks weigh in at 12 to 16 ounces. This is the kind of delicious, juicy tomato to eat right off the vine. Sturdy vines with good disease resistance bear very abundantly. Very meaty and brimming with rich robust flavor that will delight your taste buds! Indeterminate. - 92 days.
Anna Russian (oxheart)
An heirloom oxheart variety from Brenda Hillenius, of Oregon, who got it from her grandfather, Kenneth Wilcox, who received seeds from a Russian immigrant. An excellent, gorgeous tomato. Early maturing for a heart-shaped tomato, the large, visually beautiful, pink-red fruit normally weighs about 1 lb. Superb rich old fashioned tomato flavors with lots of juice. Indeterminate. 70 days. (pictured tomato 15.5 oz.)
Courtesy of Mary Ann, Pilot Rock, Oregon
Arkansas Traveler (heat tolerant)
Bred by the University of Arkansas and well known to be a high producer even in high heat. Abundant crops of pink tomatoes that average 7 oz. Indeterminate, 85 days.
Aunt Ginny’s Purple
This heirloom beefsteak variety has flavor so excellent and rich that some folks claim it is equal to or better than Brandywine. Deep pink tomatoes weigh 12 to 16 ounces and are mostly smooth with very little cracking. Potato-leaved plants are vigorous and give decent yields of these juicy and delicious tomatoes. This is one to plant for excellent flavor, not necessarily production. Indeterminate. 75-85 days.
Heirloom variety from Australia. Seed company promises “huge”, “abundant fruit” with lots of “old-fashioned flavor”. That’s what we like to hear (and see)! We added this one in 2009. Although I planted mine late, the fruit were huge and they tasted really good. Indeterminate 85 days.
Compliments of Dave & Ashley, Cordova, TN
Basrawya (heat tolerant)
2014 addition, red fruit a little smaller than a tennis ball. Seeds came from Basra, southern town of occupied Iraq. Strain is adapted well to their hot weather.
Picture and source: RareSeeds.com
Okay, I know, it sounds too generic to some of you, but a customer requested it in 2008 and we tried it here at TBC. We loved it in our own garden as it often had ready fruit that were also very tasty. (VFNASt) One of the most popular hybrid beefsteak types. Bright red tomatoes weigh up to 2 lbs. Large yields, fruit, and good tolerance to cracking/splitting. Indeterminate, 80 days. Picture courtesy of Loren, Memphis, TN.
Seed company boasts this plant will give an exceptional crop of tomatoes that will get up to 2 lbs. Smooth, bright red tomatoes that make for a good all-around garden type. Full flavored, juicy sandwich tomato. Indeterminate 85 days.
We have been asked to grow this Burpee hybrid, for as long as I have been growing plants. I give in... we are now growing some of what everyone else only has. Indeterminate vines yield fruit averaging 10 to 16 oz. Burpee states that harvest begins about 78 days after “setting plants in the garden.” Picture and source: Burpee
Big Daddy Hybrid- SEED CHARGE +0.50
2015 addition to satisfy the Big Boy and Better Boy fans. This is one of Burpee’s new ones that has been around for a few years with positive feedback. 15 oz ruby red meaty fruit on vines that are Fusarium and Verticillium resistant. Indeterminate, 78 days Source and picture: Burpee
Big Mama (roma/paste)
New for 2014. This is a hybrid, large roma/paste type tomato, boasting of 5” x 3”. Source notates that this is a good one for cooking and flavorful too. Sometimes that is hard to find in a paste/roma type, so we want to try this one to see if it truly does have it all. 8-10 ounces, 80 days.
Big Zac - SEED CHARGE +0.50
This hybrid was bred by Minnie Zaccaria, a New Jersey gardener. This tomato has good fruit production of fruits consistently a pound each. A meaty, good tasting tomato with good disease resistance. Ind., 80 days. (This plant costs 50 cents more due to a much more costly seed.)
Offered here for the first time in 2011. Old-timer worthy of a large spot in your garden as a main crop kind of ‘mater. Seed source recommends this as a multi-use kind of tomato variety for its old fashioned flavor, prolific ability, furthermore, its crack-free and long season attributes. Expect large 10 to 16 oz. reddish-orange fruits. Indeterminate, 80 days.
This is a semi-determinate variety with compact, bushy plants. Plant is disease resistant to include Fusarium Wilt. This is a good producer, with a very large crop ripening at the same time making it an excellent variety for canning and freezing. Expect dark pink fruits that are 7-10 ounces with the sought after old-fashioned flavor. This is a farmer’s market favorite in Southern regions. SEMI-DETERMINATE, 76 days.
Huge pink beefsteaks up to 5.5” with “incredible heirloom flavor and very high yields”. This hybrid promises Brandywine flavor in an improved disease resistant plant. Even ripening fruit are a “soft heirloom texture” with thin skin and “exceptional tangy-sweet taste”. Indet., 75-78 days.
Brandywine, Suddath’s Strain
Mrs. Sudduth of TN gave seeds said to be in her family for 100 years, to tomato seedsman, Ben Quisenberry of Ohio. Prolific potato leaf plant producing 1-2 lb. large, pink fruit. This is a strain many believe to be that of the original Brandywine. Excellent flavor! Very large crops that can tend to slow down in the Summer heat. Plant this one for the flavor. A good tomato grower will pair these with more heat tolerant, prolific varieties for full season tomatoes. Indet. 85 days. (pictured tomato 1 lb. 7 oz.)
Bread and Salt (oxheart)
This tomato was named for Russian tradition of giving special guests a loaf of bread (for hospitality) and salt (for long friendship) upon arrival. Although the seed company did not classify this tomato as an oxheart, it looks quite comparable in the picture….AND they look like juicy apples in the picture! We are happy with all our oxheart types, so this is a new one to try for 2014.
Picture and source:
Compliments of Sue from Conshohocken, PA
This tomato has beaten Brandywine in taste tests! Heirloom Caspian Pink was originally grown in Russia in the area between the Caspian and Black Seas. Frequently compared to Brandywine in taste but with a longer season. Indeterminate. 80 days.
I have seen this one for years, but we are first trying it in 2010 as I am hearing more about it from consumers. Deep red fruit weigh 1-2 lbs. with dense, meaty flesh and “extraordinary flavor”. Taunting other tomatoes, this supplier (and others) boasts of this beefsteak’s high yield. Indeterminate, 80 days.
New for 2015, 1-2 lb Rosy-pink thin-skinned beefsteaks will be pick-able earlier than other large fruits in the garden, at 78 days. Indeterminate potato leafed plants are promised to have production as well as “complex”, “intriguing”, and “old-timey” flavor. Source: Territorial Seed
“Chinese” (cold tolerant)
A Chinese man gave these seeds to TomatoGirl’s husband in 2010. He was told that these did not require “full sun” and were “cold tolerant”. We tried them and liked them a lot. These are very early producing tomatoes that tasted really good compared to other early varieties. Their pink-ish color and taste was comparable to Brandywine. This is a medium round tomato with a slightly pointed tip. We had fruit in approximately 55 days!
Heirloom favorite of the late Chuck Wyatt. “Superior” 1 pound meaty beefsteaks are the claim. I do know that some of my customers have tried this one and recommended it. This is new for us at TBC for 2017.
This vine should be trellised as it may grow as long as 25 ft. Plants give enormous yields of 2-3 bushels of big, meaty fruit measuring up to 6” across. Big and productive?! Hope its taste is up to par! Ind. 85 days.
Costoluto Fiorentino (heat tolerant)
2015 addition. This is an “ugly” tomato grown for its flavor and heat tolerance. Whether grown for its slicing or for saucing, this Italian tomato is described as having an “intense, rich flavor”. Indeterminate, 70 days.
New for 2013! “Out of this world tomato” from the Ukraine that set “our taste buds flying high”.....!!! Do the seed companies make this stuff up just for TomatoGirl to read? What else is there to read in the Winter? This tomato flavor is described as being “rich, deep, balanced, sweet, and tangy”. Produces 2 - 3 inch, slightly squat, deep crimson fruit with green - tinged shoulders, bright red interiors. DET. 72 days.
We tried this one first in 2008 and were very happy with its flavor. Seed company promises “real tomato flavor” in this hybrid tomato. High yields of deep red beefsteaks weighing up to a pound. Great for off the vine eating. Indeterminate. 70 days.
Old Italian heirloom type. Large, deep-red, juicy tomatoes are pretty and deeply ribbed. This is a pretty boat shaped tomato. This variety is hearty and does well in hot weather, but continues to produce even when the weather turns cool. Ind. 78 days.
Picture compliments of Hanna
Huge red fruit is smooth, nearly solid and often weighs more than 2 lbs. Excellent flavor, tiny seed cavities, and very little cracking. This is the variety that holds the world record for the largest tomato ever grown as set in 1986 with a giant 7 lb 12 oz fruit! Indeterminate. 77 days.
This is a pink beefsteak of German origin. As the story goes, the heritage was passed from a doctor’s German family - to an Amish lady in Seymour, Missouri - to a Missouri farmer Pierce. Fruit weigh in up to one pound. Side-by-side taste tests from the seed company yielded this fruit a winner for flavor, and thus it was a shoe-in for me. Indeterminate, 70-80 days.
Image courtesy of Kathleen, NY, NY
This 8-12 oz. tomato came highly recommended from our seed source with these words: “cooks down to the reddest, richest, flavorful sauce ever!” If it cooks that nice, I am sure it is excellent straight off the vine…..Yes! We tried this one in 2008 and we loved its wonderful taste packed in a nice, medium size tomato! Unique, ribbed, somewhat oblong, pear shaped tomato unlike any of our others. We received varying reports of productivity. Indet. 80 days.
Hybrid type widely offered throughout the U.S. Bright red fruits are 3-5 inch, round, firm, meaty, and “rich in beefsteak flavor”. Indeterminate, 85 days.
Florida 91 (heat tolerant)
Uniformly red, smooth 10 oz. tomatoes have “heat-set capabilities” per the source. Very versatile tomato with strong, healthy vines and resistance to diseases including alternaria and gray leaf spot should make this a favorite. DETERMINATE, 72 days.
Florida Pink (heat tolerant)
Huge beefsteak variety with fruit weighing 1-3 lbs. Light dusty rose color fruit with green shoulders. Heavy bearer with few seeds and lots of flavor making it also suitable for cooking. Sets fruit well even in high Summer temps. Indeterminate, 85 - 90 days.
(From the garden of Richard Garnett, Collierville, TN. Tomato weight 2 lb 7.6 oz)
Genuwine Hybrid (heat tolerant)
2015 addition. This is a successful cross between two well loved heirlooms. Fruits are 10-12 oz with some ribbing of the Costoluto Genovese, as well as its ability to set fruit in hot weather. Brandywine gives this cross its size, fuller shape, and great flavor in less time. 70 days. Tomato Growers
Family heirloom with an abundance of deep pink tomatoes weighing 2 lbs. or more. If you like Brandywine, this one is also full of luscious flavor, but supplier claims its fruit to be earlier, larger, and more plentiful than those of Brandywine. Indeterminate, 77 days.
Picture courtesy of Loren, Memphis, TN.
This is a longtime favorite in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. It is one of the parent lines of Mortgage Lifter. This plant’s vines produce meaty, pink, very flavorful, 1-2 lb. fruits. Do not expect a large yield size, but this one does have great taste. Indeterminate, 80 days.
Potato leaf plants produce large 1-2 pound fruits. These are meaty with few seeds making them excellent for canning or freezing. Seed company promises excellent yields and taste. We tried this one in 2008 and got feedback such as, “that is the best tomato I have ever had!” Indeterminate 85 days.
Sweet, pink, meaty beefsteak fruit have an “incredible” flavor making them perfect for slicing. Tomatoes average 1 lb and grow on tall, vigorous, potato leaved plants. Indeterminate, 80 days.
German Red Strawberry (oxheart)
German heirloom. Red fruits are 10 oz to 16 oz. and look like very large strawberries. They are very meaty with few seeds and little juice yet big taste. Fantastic for saucing or slicing. The only complaint we have had on this one is that they were not huge producers in 2009, but still they were complimented for taste. You may have to plant more of this type or similar oxhearts to get a better yield. Unfortunately, oxhearts don’t seem to be huge producers. Indeterminate. 85 days. (pictured tomato 9 oz.)
This is another for the big tomato search! Huge fruits average 1-2 lbs. and have weighed in at nearly 5 lbs. Very dark pink fruits have smooth blossom ends and medium ribbing on the shoulders. Very pleasing full flavored tomato that has a sweet flavor to it. Indeterminate 82-90 days.
God Love (heat tolerant)
A very productive heirloom, 1 X 2 inch, pink-plum with decent tomato flavor. Customers that like this tomato, appreciate it for its early and steady fruit. The fruit is meaty with a very small core. It became a staple to our salsa despite drought conditions. Drought made it the size of a large, oblate cherry, however, under ideal conditions it will be a 2” small paste type. This is one that we know to be the “first”, AND the “last”, AND very forgiving to its caretaker. This type has a somewhat compact growth habit and may grow nicely in a container. Indeterminate. 75 days.
Compliments of Jill Amos, Collierville
Goldman’s Italian American
Large, red, pear shaped paste tomato with “exceptional flavor and few seeds.” Red ribbed fruit is “very heavy in the hips.” This one is named for Amy Goldman, who found this tomato at a roadside grocery in Cernobbio, Italy. She took it back to her father’s grocery store in Brooklyn. TBC has had great luck with oxhearts being very tasty. Indeterminate. Picture and source: Sustainable Seed
Totally Tomatoes exclusive! Smooth bright red fruits averaging 10 – 15 oz. Good flavor. Tall vigorous plants produce abundantly. Modern disease resistance. (VFFNTASt) Indeterminate, 65 days.
Heatwave II. (heat tolerant)
Early 6-7 oz. fruits on compact, 36-40” plants are “extremely” disease resistant. Source promises that we can “grow great tasting tomatoes in the most intense summer heat even at 95 degrees”. (Most tomato plants will not set fruit when temps approach 90 degrees.) DETERMINATE, 68 days.
Henderson’s Wins All
Geniune stock grown from seed obtained from the USDA Seed Bank. This heirloom and particular strain originated with the Henderson Seed Company in 1924. Regular tomato foliage plants that produce 1 lb or more pink fruit with “absolutely scrumptious taste”. I understand Ponderosa to be one of the original parent plants and the reason I picked this variety. Indeterminate, 90 days.
This is another Burpee hybrid that we are trying in 2016. One pound beefsteak with a classic tomato red skin. Picture and source: Burpee
Italian beefsteak that is an oblong, boat shaped fruit that just looks like a picture of Italy. Deep red fruits average 1 lb. and 4” in diameter. Supplier promises an impressive yield of delicious fruits. Ind. 85 days.
Classic heirloom from Italy. Good production of 12-16 oz. fat, red, meaty, slightly pear-shaped tomatoes. Good choice for cooking, eating fresh, or canning. Personal favorite of the owner of one of my seed sources as he promises, “rich, complex, sweet flavors that are well-balanced with good acidity” and “BIG TASTE”. Indeterminate. 75 days.
Italian Tree Tomato
“Tree”? I just couldn’t resist AGAIN! Oh gees….seed company promises vines that “can grow to 15-feet” with many, many “meaty, 1-2 pound, 4-5” red tomatoes with superior sweet flavors perfectly balanced with just the right amount of acid”. Some sort of trellis or cage recommended as this plant can bear bushels of all purpose fruit. We tried this for the first time in 2008 and were very happy with its many huge fruit that tasted among the best. However, we are getting mixed feedback as to its yield so it may be picky with its climate/soil, etc. Indeterminate, 85 days.
Open-pollinated, heirloom. The tall potato-leaf plant produces lots of 4 inch, deep pink, lightly fluted, beefsteak fruits that have the kind of robust tomato flavors and firm, juicy flesh that invites tomato feasting and seed-saving. Indeterminate, 78 days.
Courtesy of Dale, Bartlett, TN
New to us in 2017, this heirloom variety was distributed by the late Chuck Wyatt. Key words/points: “wonderful”, 2 lbs or more, “perfect” beefsteak shape, large yields Indeterminate, 80 days. Tomato Growers
This was a special requested tomato from a man I know. He remembered his grandfather planting “Margo” as a child. I laughed at him for years saying his grandfather must have been planting “MargLoBE”! (I thought the name was just slaughtered with southern drawl.) Then….I found this one….there REALLY was a Margo! His grandfather liked the flavor and the size of these dwarf, compact plants. Upright, 30” tall plants need less support than most. (Grandpa must not have staked his tomatoes.) Fresh or cooked this one is described as a “delight for kitchen gardens and fresh market”. Pretty, red, slightly flattened, green-shouldered fruits that average 6 oz. Prolific plants display vigorous growth with good fruit cover. Okay, Glenn…..we will see!!! DETERMINATE, 70 days.
This is a pink heirloom that originated in Czechoslovakia. Seeds were brought to America during WW2. Potato leaf variety producing moderate yields of 1-2 lb. beautiful, pink beefsteaks. Dense, creamy, sweet flesh with rich, complex, old tomato flavors. Indeterminate. 85 days.
New for 2017, being offered by Territorial Seeds, fruit that is “out of this world”. Open pollinated variety produces “hefty, firm” red fruit measuring 3 ½“ across and 2 ½“ tall. Semi-determinate, 95 days.
Brought to the U.S. by a Mexican family living in the Midwest. Regular leaf plant yielding huge sets of 1 lb. pinks with good acid and great flavor. Flesh is a bit unsmooth but tomatoes are uniformly round, large, and slightly flat. I have to admit, I just picked it for 2007 because I like that song by James Taylor, but now its one of my favorites for size and flavor! Indeterminate. 80 days (pictured tomato 1 lb. 10 oz.)
Also called Radiator Charlie as the whole story goes. I think this man “who sold these plants for $1 to pay off the mortgage on his house”, is the owner of one of the best known heirloom tomato stories. Longtime favorite with good yields of very large, smooth, pink-skinned fruits even in droughts. Meaty with few seeds. Indet. 85
Mrs. Houseworth (oxheart)
Prized heirloom from the 1930’s, originally from Mrs. Houseworth’s garden in Centerville, Pennsylvania. 3-4 inch heart-shaped, pink fruit. I have a customer who says he could plant his entire garden with this type. Wonderful oxheart, but again, not a huge producer. I encourage anyone wanting a big, meaty, small seeded, thick canner or slicer to try all the oxhearts for your own custom fit. They do all have wonderful, slightly different flavors. You can’t go wrong with any of these we carry. Indeterminate, 78 days.
Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian
This Italian heirloom given to a Mrs. Maxwell of Missouri. We are getting it in 2017 from Tomato Growers Supply. Expect 1-2 lb dark pink beefsteaks on “prolific” potato leaf vines. Fruit is “just right for eating fresh” and told to be meaty enough for canning or making sauce. Indeterminate, 80 days. Tomato Growers
Mule Team (heat tolerant)
Heirloom saved by generations of gardeners and reintroduced because of its endurance qualities: vigorous fruit set, round, baseball-sized globes that weigh approximately 8 oz, with a sweet, mild flavor. Meaty, textured fruits are produced continuously right up until frost on sturdy plants. Good all purpose tomato, with Good disease and heat resistance. Indet. 85 days.
Neves Azorean Red
(Aka. NAR) Developed by Anthony Neves who brought seeds from the Azores. Seed company describes this plant to grow like “wildfire” and produce an abundance of big 1-3 lb. beauties that have a “huge flavor punch that is fantastic”. Great disease resistance promised. This one was added to our list in 2009. Indeterminate, 75 days.
compliments of Wendy, Smithville, TN
compliments of Janine from Olive Branch, MS
ATerritorial Seed was our source for this indeterminate, open pollinated heirloom. Trials are said to have routinely produced fruit weighing over 1½ lbs. This source gave it lots of tasty adjectives! It is reported to have “golden streaked, reddish skin”...so I am stashing it with the reds...some of you folks have to dare to try some “reddish” ones! I do know and like the supplier. Check it out: Territorial Seed
Another big one to try! Huge, somewhat irregular, pink fruit that can consistently grow 1-2 lbs. Taste is described as “superb, sweet, and perfect tomato taste”. Said to have “excellent yield”. Heirloom from Lebanon. Indeterminate, 80 days.
Great paste tomato for sauces and canning promising to be rich and flavorful fresh or cooked. This is a long pepper-shaped 4 -6” fruit which grows in clusters of 2-5. Indeterminate 85 days.
Phoenix (heat resistant)
VFFA Hybrid, This is an early, 8 oz. red, heat resistant variety promising “excellent” disease resistance and “vigorous” plants promising “a large harvest even when weather is very warm”. Hmmm....no word on flavor....but any ‘mater is better than no ‘mater when it is 105 out there! New for 2013! DET. 72 days.
If you have read one page of descriptions….you know why I picked this type to try for 2014. Seriously…..elephant (size) tomato? I am in. Variety from the former USSR, this type promises fruit to be “tender and delicious, and produced in abundance”. 80 days.
Picture and source: RareSeeds.com
I had several requests for this tomato. Genuine seeds of a popular Jersey tomato for many years, is once again available. This one should offer hybrid reliability with old-time taste and grow well throughout the U.S. Resists Verticillium and Fusarium wilt. Medium to large fruit are also resistant to cracking. Semi-determinate, 80 days.
2015 addition, this tomato can be your first at 70 days. Expect heavy yields of large pink fruits with “superb”, “old fashioned” flavor. Indeterminate. Picture and source: Rare Seeds
2015 addition. Red, 10 oz fruit on productive plants which demonstrate some heat resistance. Determinate
Rhodia Professional Hybrid
2015 addition. Rare F1 hybrid said to be one of the best large Italian beefsteak varieties. Typical of Italian breeding, it will still have a bit of green on the shoulders when ripe. Round-flattened, slightly ripped, “giant” fruits. Indeterminate, 72 days.
Picture and source: Gourmet Seed
This is another “monster”. If you’re looking for the biggest bragging tomato, give this one a try. This heirloom came from the Richardson family in Tennessee. Juicy and meaty pink beefsteak fruit between 1 to 1 ½ lbs. Flavor is good and so is the production. Indet. 90 days
Roman heirloom. Large fruit are deep red, “with almost a purple tint”. This is a new addition for 2014. We picked it for its productivity reported within customer reviews.
Picture and source: RareSeeds.com
Rose De Berne
New in 2015, this heirloom from Switzerland can be found on “best tasting tomato” lists. Tomatoes are said to be a “rose shade of red” with a “sweet, deep, rich tomato flavor”. If you desire a thin skin tomato, this is one of those. Maintain constant moisture to avoid fruit splitting in the garden. Indeterminate, 75 days Gourmet Seed
Russian 117 (oxheart)
Huge, heart-shaped (oxheart) fruit is often doubled and can weigh up to 1 lb and more. Meaty tomato with few seeds as most oxheart varieties, but with a bit better production than typically seen. Indeterminate 90 days.
Determinate, 72 days. New strain for 2015. (VFASt) Dark red, solid, meaty, fruits recommended as a good canning tomato.
Picture and Source: TotallyTomato.com
(San) Super Marzano (paste)
We had San Marzano in 2008 and loved the full flavor hiding in this paste type. Giant, slightly pear-shaped, blocky roma type are about 4” long and weigh approximately 4 oz. Fruits are high in pectin, giving sauces and pastes a natural thickness. Resistant to Bacterial Speck. (VFNTA) Indeterminate 90 days.
Sioux, Super (heat tolerant)
This is Super Sioux, the improved version of “Sioux”. You must try this one if you get the heat of the South! 4-6 oz. smooth fruits are bright scarlet red with rich acid flavor. Ind. 75 days
Solar Fire (heat tolerant)
This is a hybrid type that will take the heat, humidity, and wet climates! This tomato was developed by researchers at the University of Florida. Fruits are glossy red, crack free and average 9 to 10 oz., and best used for fresh eating. Compact plants have high yields, very good disease resistance, and also exhibit tolerance to fruit soft rot. (VFFFSt) DETERMINATE, 72 days.
Steak Sandwich Hybrid
Added 2015, Burpee has this one listed as a “customer favorite”. Vigorous plants are said to be indeterminate and also of a compact, 30-36” habit. Fruit is to be around 10 oz and firm enough to hold together in a sandwich. Of course, they used every good-tasting term in their description! We will just have to try it out! Source: Burpee
SteakHouse (SEED CHARGE + 0.50)
New for 2014, Burpee is calling this their "breakthrough tomato". They had it on the front of the catalog this year, you may have seen it…..it was almost the entire 8.5" X 11"!!!! Ok, so it was probably enlarged, and that was probably a small-for-its-age child holding it…..BUT, we have to try it!!! In only 75-80 days….Indeterminate plants set fruit that is promised to reach 2-3 lbs. They go on and on, “biggest tomato ever bred”, “world’s biggest beefsteak”, “head-spinning fragrance”, “gorgeous, humongous fruits”….and I knew it was going to be on the list when I first opened my mailbox... (This plant costs 50 cents more due to a much more costly seed.)
Picture and source: Burpee.com
This is a small 1-2 oz., extremely early tomato, producing in 52 days. It exhibits tolerance to cold, maybe making this one an early one to place in a pot. We have tried early ones similar to this one before, but we are still searching for the “best” one….one with GREAT flavor and earliness! Seed company promises “superior flavor” and “high yield” with an “outstanding average of 87 fruits” per plant. Ind. 52 days.
Compliments of Karen, Abington, MA
Hybrid tomato popular in the Northeast. Tomatoes are 8 to 12 oz. with good flavor and structure. Tomatoes are smooth and resistant to cracking. Plants are vigorous, disease resistant and do best when staked or caged. Very large production. (VF) Indeterminate. 75-79 days.
This is the other hybrid that sounds too generic for many of us. I grew it first in 2008 as a request for someone who has had great luck with them. I taunted it all the way, but hey we DID really like it. This is Burpee’s widely adapted Supersteak. It has good disease resistance. Smooth, round, red, large fruits. (VFN) Indeterminate, 80 days.
2015 addition…seed shopping is like grocery shopping….you shouldn’t do it while hungry! Burpee’s hybrid with deep red mid-season fruit averaging 7-9 ounces. Vigorous and productive semi-determinate vines are said to have a space saving habit. From my experience, most any determinate will continue to produce if left to put on later fruit. 70 days Source: Burpee
Totally Tomatoes introduced this one for 2017. DWARF plant will be a sturdy 2-3 foot host to 8-12 oz beefsteaks. This is one of those plants that should have a unique look and sure to be a pet. This plant is determinate, meaning it is programmed to produce its fruit all at once. Left to grow, you can still expect some fruit set. Wait for it... here it is... I am reading that it ripens a “beautiful mahogany red”... so I am slipping this one in the “reds” column. I have grown the two parent plants, New Big Dwarf and Paul Robeson. I think I am most excited about this one... ahh... mahogany... Totally Tomato
Think Pink - SEED CHARGE + 0.50
VFFNT Hybrid giving high yields from early until end. In 72 days, you can expect generous harvests of 6-8 oz. pink tomatoes. Tomato Growers Supply promises meatiness, “delectable” flavor, and juiciness. Tomato Growers
Tribute (heat tolerant)
2015 addition. Smooth, globe-shaped fruit, are a firm 8-10 oz. Vigorous plant providing good cover for fruit. This one is said to be disease resistant and heat tolerant, providing high yields. Determinate, 74 days. Picture and source: Tomato Growers
Ugly (aka Beauty)
We have been offering these for several years as “Ugly”, as they were once named. They have recently been renamed “Beauty”. Strong, vigorous plants stay a manageable size and produce a heavy crop of 12 to 16 ounce extremely ribbed beefsteak-shaped fruit with wonderful, old-fashioned tomato flavor. This variety is early and productive and it keeps well after harvest. Indeterminate. 75 days.
We grew this tomato years ago. Huge 1-2 lb beefsteaks are lightly ribbed and a radiant pink. This seed originated over 100 years ago with famed seedsman, George Glecker. I remember it as a sweet tomato. The seed company calls them “scrumptious.” For a sweet tomato, it does have full flavor... of course, this is my memory only, and a different source. You must try Watermelon if you are a fan of the other sweets: Giant Belgium, Marianna’s Peace, and Sugar Snack. Picture and source: Sustainable Seed
Seeds from this heirloom variety came from a Big Tomato contest winner grown by Max Wolford. Produces large, firm, heart-shaped, 4 X 5 inch fruits that have thick, pink-red skins, but few seeds. Exceptionally juicy and very tasty. I have more than one customer planting an entire garden of these. This is another oxheart worth a good spot. Indeterminate. 90 days.