|Fruit shape||oblate, beefsteak|
|Variety type||open-pollinated, stabilized intentional cross|
- indet., potato leaf, first fruits are often fused and sometimes ribbed, quite early for such a large tomato, produced the first ripe fruit in the main garden in 2009. Fruits are pink and of variable size, but mostly medium, around 6-8 oz, with some fruits up to 13 oz. Very good to excellent taste for an early tomato, very nice texture.
- MD GA P 09 (Paul Gantz, Hagerstown, Maryland)
Year grown: 2009
- An intentional cross between Stupice and Cherokee Purple, selected and stabilized by Paul Gantz of Hagerstown, Maryland in 2003-2008. Paul named it after his teenage son, Ben, who, in the late 2000s, has struggled with Marfan Syndrome, a brain tumor, and a broken hip.
- Paul released his F-6 seeds for further trials to Tomatoville members in February 2009, so that the growers in different areas would compare it with other early tomatoes. Many folks reported very positive results with this tomato, both for the earliness and the taste.
- For more information and pictures see Paul's website, TomatoSite.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Ben Gantz - baby fruit. 2009-06-21.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Ben Gantz - ripening fruit. 2009-07-25.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Ben Gantz - sliced ripe fruit. 2009-07-27.
|Year||Commercial Vendors||Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings)||Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)|
|2012||Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - sold out for 2012||.||.|
|2011||Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds||1||1|
|2010||Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - new||1||.|