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Brandywine

Brandywine

Brandywine Stats

Height: 48 - 108" (1.22-2.74 m)
Plant Spacing: 24 - 48" (0.61-1.22 m)
Row Spacing: 36 - 48" (0.91-1.22 m)
Days to Maturity: 90 - 100
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Pink
Size: Medium, Large
Shape: Medium, Large
Genetic Type: Heirloom
Variety Type: Non-Reds, Paste/Canning, Really Big Ones, Slicers
Disease Resistance: N/A

Common Uses

Salads, sandwiches, canned or eaten fresh

Other Names

Pink Brandywine, Sudduth's

Information for Brandywine

An heirloom cultivar from an Amish lineage, the Brandywine tomato variety debuted in the Seed Savers Exchange collection back in 1982 through Ben Quisenberry, an Ohio gardener. Quisenberry obtained the Brandywine seeds from Dorris Sudduth Hill who claimed that the seeds had been in her family for more than 80 years.

The Brandywine is regarded as one of the top tomato cultivars in the United States. This slow-growing variety takes a maximum of 100 days to reach maturity. It is an indeterminate plant that yields medium to large pink-colored fruits. The fruits that erectly grows on its potato-leaved vines have a standard beefsteak shape.

Although the Brandywine fruits ripen late, they develop a lusciously sweet taste from their meaty flesh. These tomatoes are valued for their superior flavor above other tomato varieties. Labeled as having a "great tomatoey flavor", this variety has that sensational sweetness punched with a bit of sourness. Brandywine tomatoes also contain vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and potassium like most tomatoes.

Brandywine tomatoes are commonly grown in many parts of the United States. Although it produces low yields per plant, it is heavily used in cooking and slicing making it a sought-out variety. Furthermore, its seeds are often grown indoors. They are supported by wire cages or stakes to boost production. As an heirloom tomato, Brandywine is prone to plant-destroying diseases so light watering and proper weed control is consistently required.

Photo Credit: Chiot's Run