'Brandywine Cherry' Tomato
Improvement status: Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~30
Germination tested 1/2022: 84%
Life cycle: Annual
All the famed flavor of a classic 'Brandywine' tomato compressed into a much smaller package. Despite being called a ‘cherry’, these fruits are about 1.5 inches in diameter, making this rather more like a saladette type. Fruits are a captivating deep pinkish-red color and rounded in shape. A favorite in taste comparisons, it has a rich flavor paired with a good sweetness to acid balance, and a scrumptious meaty texture.
Originally discovered as a mutant in a patch of 'Brandywine' tomatoes, this variety was first introduced in 1998 to the Seed Savers Exchange catalog by Tim Diermann of Missouri. Like the original 'Brandywine', plants are potato-leaf and with large sprawling vines. This is a heavy producer, too. Four to five fruits per truss. Plants produce well until the end of the season. Fruits have a long shelf life (especially when harvested on the vine), making it an excellent market tomato for CSA’s, farmers markets, farm stands, or simply for the self-sufficiency homesteaders. This has been a top performer in dry farming trials, and this seed was produced in dry-farm conditions with no supplemental irrigation.
These seeds are the result of several cycles of selection by or friend Chris Homanics in Washington state of Head, Hands, Heart Nursery and Seed.