Ernie's Plump

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Ernie's Plump
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape pear, plum
Fruit size medium
Fruit type paste, canner, cooking
Variety type open-pollinated
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Ernie's Plump - ripe fruit. 2011-10-12.


indet., regular leaf, small to medium size bright red 'plump' pear-shaped tomatoes, very beautiful, some smooth, and some with ribbed shoulders. Solid flesh with little juice, great assertive flavor. Good for fresh eating and cooking. High yields. 2-6 oz.

Seed source:

Jennifer Hutson, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada 06

Year grown: 2011

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


60-80 days, good persistent yield of mostly 8-10 oz. (some to nearly 1 lb.) plump, meaty, squat pear-shaped (or bell-shaped) fruit with occasional slight ribbing, sometimes with a little green at the neck end, very good rich flavor. Good for canning and sauces, certainly very appropriate as a multipurpose variety.
Dennis Sherwood, IL (IL SH D) who probably obtained it from Marianne Jones of Dickson, TN (TN JO M), from CA BA M2

Year: 2007

Location: Augusta, Michigan


  • Introduced to SSE in 1999 by Molly Barker Fitler of Redwood City, California (CA BA M2), who attributed the variety to Ernie Franco of San Mateo, California.
  • Said to have been brought from Italy to CA around 1990 by Ernie Franco.

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