Dwarf Emerald Giant

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Dwarf Emerald Giant
Maturity midseason
Growth habit dwarf, indet.
Leaf type potato, rugose
Fruit color green
Fruit shape beefsteak, oblate
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type stabilized intentional cross, created heirloom
Country USA, Australia
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Dwarf Emerald Giant - sliced fruit. 2013-09-06.


Indet., dwarf (tree-type) plants with rugose potato leaf foliage. 4-10 oz beefsteak shaped fruits stay light green color when ripe. Very nice flavor with an acidic bite. (very limited, 12 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) 12 / Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B) 11

Year grown: 2012 (crop failure), 2016(crop failure), 2017

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


75 days, dwarf, potato leaf rugose foliage, medium to large green fruit, productive, very full flavor that is a bit more tart than it's very similar looking parent variety, Green Giant. Fruits are smooth and oblate, ranging from 8-16 ounces, and barely change color upon ripening - though a pale pink blossom end blush develops on many of the fruit. The flesh is bright green, and the flavor is balanced, full and delicious.
I grew out vial 2818, F8 seed which I got from Bill Minkey and is the CV seed source - as well as vial 3040, F8 seed which I got from Suze. Plant habit and leaf shape as expected - Indeterminate potato leaf dwarf, first ripe fruit in 77 days and 69 days for the two plantings (77 days for the plant a bit more shaded). Plants are still healthy and producing well. Yield very good, fruit are oblate but smooth and quite regular, in the 8 - 12 ounce range with a few larger, green with just a hint of pale pink blush on the blossom end of some fruit. Flavor is balanced and excellent, in the 8 out of 10 range. This exceeded my flavor expectations - it is really a great tomato and a worthy alternative to Green Giant in terms of getting the same eating experience, fruit size and color in an easier to maintain plant. F9 seed is saved in vials 11-24 and 11-146. My feeling is that the two are essentially identical.

Seed source:

Dwarf Tomato Project: F8 seed from Bill Minkey (WI MI B) (CV source); F8 seed from Susan Anderson (TX AN S)

Year grown:

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina


  • Developed in the 2006-2011 by the members of the Dwarf Tomato Project from a cross between Golden Dwarf Champion (a medium small yellow fruited dwarf) and Green Giant, made in 2006 by Patrina Nuske Small in Australia. Craig LeHoullier selected the variety from a potato leaf dwarf in an initial growing of Summertime Green.
  • Now in its eighth generation, it is a quite stable open-pollinated variety but still may produce the occasional off-type plant.
  • Others involved in its development are David Lockwood (Australia), Lee Newman, Susan Anderson (Texas), Julianna Griffin (Canada), Roger Humphreys (Australia), and Bill Minkey.
  • Tomato Growers Supply introduced the variety in 2011.
  • More information about the development of this cultivar can be found on the Dwarf Tomato Project website.


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