JD's Special C Tex

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JD's Special C Tex
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color black
Fruit shape oblate, beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated
Country USA


indet., regular leaf plants, pale purple-black flattened beefsteaks with excellent rich flavor. Interior is solid and meaty, rich dark red/brown color. 8-14 oz.

Seed source:

1. Heather Cook, Montana 07 / TX GU R (Michael Gunn of Texas) / M. Lacey (2008: no germination, no seeds left)
2. Clayton Weaver of Fircrest, Washington 09 / TX AN S 08 (Susan Anderson, Elgin, Texas) / TX GU R 06 (Michael Gunn, Texas) / M. Lacey (crossed)
3. Len Nelson, Des Moines, Washington 09 / Duane Jones of Corpus Christi, Texas
4. Tom Gallucci, Connecticut 10 / TX AN S 09 (Susan Anderson, Elgin, Texas) / TX GU R 06 (Michael Gunn, Texas) / M. Lacey

Year grown: 2008 (crop failure - 0% germination; source #1), 2009(3)

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


80 days, indet., regular leaf, pink black beefsteak fruit, 12-20 oz, outstanding flavor, high yield.

Seed source:

Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany 06

Year grown: 2007

Location: Oblong, Illinois


Oblate 12 oz beefsteaks on indet. regular leaf plants. Average production, but the taste makes up for it. Mid-season 75 days.

Seed source:

Theodore Corbett of Reichenbach-Steegen, Germany (GERM CO T) 10

Year grown: 2009, 2011, 2012

Location: LaFollette, Tennessee, USA


80 days, indet., regular leaf plants, average production of round, 8-12 oz purple-black fruits, outstanding flavor.

Seed source:

Michael Gunn of Pasadena, Texas (TX GU R) 06 / M. Lacey

Year grown: 2007

Location: Elgin, Texas


Seed source:

80 days, indet., potato leaf [Tatiana's comment: this is incorrect, it should be regular leaf], excellent producer of great tasting 3-5" purple-black fruit, similar to Cherokee Purple.

Year grown: M. Lacey.

Location: Pasadena, Texas


  • This tomato was developed by J.D. Brann in the early 80s and was promoted by his family who owns Conroe Greenhouses, Inc.. It was exclusive to Conroe Greenhouses up until 2009 when other seed vendors also started to offer this variety. This explains 'C-Tex' and 'Special' in the name, where 'C Tex' refers to 'Conroe, Texas'.
  • According to Conroe Greenhouses, Inc. Facebook page, J.D. Brann bred this tomato by crossing Early Girl F1 and Black Krim.
  • Note: Special is an old American commercial naming technique. "Specials" usually refer to originally unique, custom versions of some standard product, or to "limited editions".
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 2008 Yearbook by Neil Lockhart of Oblong, Illinois (IL LO N) and Susan Anderson of Elgin, Texas (TX AN S).


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