Ben Gantz

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Ben Gantz
Maturity early
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type potato
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape oblate, beefsteak
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated, stabilized intentional cross
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Ben Gantz - sliced ripe fruit. 2009-07-27.


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.

Seed source:

MD GA P 09 (Paul Gantz, Hagerstown, Maryland)

Year grown: 2009

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • 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.

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Facts about Ben GantzRDF feed
CountryUSA +
Fruit colorpink +
Fruit shapeoblate + and beefsteak +
Fruit sizemedium +
Fruit typeslicer +
Growth habitindet. +
Leafpotato +
Maturityearly +
MemberB.C KO T +
Variety typeopen-pollinated + and stabilized intentional cross +
VendorTatiana's TOMATObase Seeds +
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