Tomato Essex Wonder

Standard sized red heritage tomato on indeterminate plants


Essex Wonder was a commercial greenhouse tomato grown in the UK from the 1930’s to the 1950’s when it fell out of favour. It was re-introduced by Thompson and Morgan as part of their Heritage Collection in 2013/4. We grew it in 2014 and (to be honest) could understand why it isn’t grown any more.

Its flavour is no better (or worse) that any of the other Heritage varieties (Alicante, Ailsa Craig, etc.) so why it was a particular success as a greenhouse tomato I’m not sure. The fruit were slightly uneven in size and the plants only averaged a crop of a few pounds per plant, considerably less than some of the other similar varieties. Now, that could well be the season and/or the way in which I grew them that year but, personally, I can’t see any reason to grow them except to keep the variety alive (but then as the seed is available commercially, why do it somewhere else).

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: 2-4 oz variable
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Ripe Days: Mid
  • Taste: Average
  • Our Source: T&M
  • Origin: UK
  • Alternatives: Alicante, Ailsa Craig, …
  • Fruit per Truss: 6-8
  • Truss Spacing: 12-18 inches

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Updated: 08/01/2024