Tomato Red Brandywine

Red Beefsteak heritage tomato on indeterminate plants.


Red Brandywine is an excellent tasting and very productive beefsteak tomato. A mid-late ripening indeterminate, regular-leafed beefsteak with medium-large (4-14oz) red fruits. A heavy cropper (it needs to be staked), it is supposedly named after the Brandywine River in Pennsylvania where it was introduced around 1885. In 2012, it produced the largest single tomato at 17 oz on a plant that produced over 2kg of fruit altogether. So if you are after quantity and quality, this is a tomato we would recommend.

Unlike many of the “Brandywine” varieties, this one is Regular Leafed (most of the Brandywines are Potato Leafed and there is a Red Brandywine with Potato Leaves which we haven’t grown). Red Brandywine has a documented Amish history but, to be honest, Red Brandywine, Pink Brandywine, Brandywine, etc. are all difficult to identify when they originated and how they have been maintained.

This variety of Red Brandywine is very different (in all respects) from the Pink Brandywine we have grown.

If you’re looking for a history of the Brandywine tomatoes, here is a good starting point.

Excellent flavour and colour. Keeps well once picked.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Beefsteak
  • Fruit Shape: Round/Flat
  • Fruit Size: Medium – Large
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid/Late (75 – 90 Days)
  • Taste: Sweet
  • Fruit per Truss: 4-8
  • Truss Spacing: 15-20 inches
  • Alternatives: Pink Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter
  • Our Source: Nicky’s Seeds

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    Updated: 08/01/2024