Pink Brandywine, Heirloom
(90 - 95 days)
Fruit size varies from 12 ounces to
over 2 pounds. The rosy-red fruit are flattened, globe shape, thin-skinned,
with very meaty solid flesh. Potato-like leaf vines that grow to 7 ft. or
more need staking. It is not a heavy yielder, but does well in cooler weather.
Definitely a gourmet tomato, Pink Brandywine has subtle fruity undertones and consistently wins taste tests. Many considered it the world's best tasting tomato. I would argue that Traveler 76 is as good or better. My experience with Pink Brandywine is that it simply refuses to set fruit during prolonged hot spells. But, typical of potato-leaf heirlooms, it is resistant to many foliar diseases. Two tips for better results with Pink Brandywine: 1. make sure the seed really is from the Sudduth lineage - many sources offer inferior impersonators. 2. cautiously flick the mature blossoms during hot spells to aid pollination.
Red Brandywine was first offered for sell in 1889 by Johnson & Stokes of Philadelphia. Named after Brandywine Creek in Chester County, PA., Brandywine tomatoes are often referred to as an 'Amish' heirlooms. Pink Brandywine tomatoes had been grown by Dorris Sudduth Hill's family for over 100 years when in 1980 Ben Quinsenbury of Big Tomato Gardens, an Ohio gardener and legendary tomato seed collector, obtained seeds from Dorris and introduced Pink Brandywine through Seeds Saver Exchange.