Henderson's Ponderosa

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Henderson's Ponderosa
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type commercial heirloom
Country USA


indet., regular leaf, slightly ribbed pink beefsteaks, 8-12 oz, very good sweet flavor, meaty, with small seed cavities. It does not have long shelf life and should be used shortly after picking.

Seed source:

WI LO M 05 (Martin Longseth, Wisconsin)

Year grown: 2010

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


  • Introduced by Peter Henderson & Co. in 1891.
  • Burpee 1914 Catalog description:
"This variety as now grown by us, - while too much "ribbed" for market, - is so very solid and luscious that for your family gardens it is deserving of the Bull's Eye!Only equaled in size by Burpee's New Dwarf-Giant and of fine quality for slicing. The vines are of strong growth. The deep purple fruits are oblong in form, generally ridged or ribbed. They are solidly fleshy with small seed-cells; of extra sweet flavor. Planted in good soil, fruits frequently attain a weight of one pound or more. We offer a selected strain of our own growing that produces tomatoes smoother than usual and very meaty, - "solid as a rock."

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