Brandy Boy cross F2 tomatoes, 2019

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Brandy Boy cross F2 tomatoes, 2019

Raifu
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I harvested some ripe tomatoes from the F2 Brandy Boy crosses, today. The one from plant B (which is potato leaf) was large and heavily catfaced with some zippering. The one from plant D (which is regular leaf) had a mild case of blossom end rot.

I ate the fruit from plant D without saving the seeds. It tasted quite good and different from its parent. I really liked it. I might describe the flavor as a beefy tomato flavor.

The fruit from plant B was difficult to seed. The stem was firmly attached to the plant, but the stem broke more easily than its parent (so, no scissors were needed). The taste was excellent: sweet and tangy! It was a unique taste. I didn't taste any of that taste that comes from Brandywine types, but I did notice some good big tomato flavor, and it was easily a favorite, this year, so far. The skin wasn't too thick. The texture was nice. Another taster liked it a lot, too, but didn't think it was as sweet as I thought it was (the taster called it a vague sweetness, but seemed very pleased with the fruit). I liked the fruit's eating qualities more than that of the parent fruit. Anyway, I saved seeds and I plan to grow them again next year. Despite the yellowish stuff in the sliced fruit, there wasn't a tough core inside; it tasted better than it looks. The hole in the skin is probably a polination blemish rather than a bite.

I forgot to assess the colors of the fruits (the camera makes pictures look more blue and less red). I think they were both pink, though.

Here are some pictures of the fruit from plant B:








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Re: Brandy Boy cross F2 tomato, 2019

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I harvested three fruits from plant G, today. Plant B has more ripe fruits, which are still on the plant.

The fruits for plant G were large and pink, and had good texture; they didn't taste like the parent, nor like fruit B, nor like fruit D. It tasted kind of like a well-ripened Early Girl F1 tomato, this year, which is to say, pretty good, but nothing particularly unusual for a tomato (I do prefer it and Early Girl F1 above many others in this class, however). The fruit sliced is more attractive than that of plant B was last time, however, but I vastly prefer the taste of plant B's fruit, personally. I do, however, think other people would appreciate both tomatoes, whether or not they prefer one a lot more.



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Here are fruits grown from last year's fruit C. The plant this year was almost a multiflora, but it got about 8 fruits per truss at the most (which is still great when they're all large.

The taste of the larger, less ripe one is really good. It has the Brandywine-type flavor, but it's strong. The smaller, more ripe one has less of it, and nore of a usual ripe tomato taste, but it still has some of it.

Anyway, the tomatoes are quite meaty. The larger one has just the right firmness (not crisp, but not too soft for the meatiness to matter either).

The color of these is darker and more purple-looking than previous fruits I harvested (from other F2s).

Both fruits suffered from mild concentric cracks near the calyx. However, it's the only F2 I've seen with this issue, so far.

I saved seeds from both fruits (separately).

Here's the larger fruit:




Here's the smaller fruit:

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Okay, I've tasted all but one or two. the ones I tasted on Wednesday were milder, and similar to the plant from fruit F with regard to taste. I think I've found the ones I want to grow from next year already (especially the earliest and tangiest one, and the near-multiflora).
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See these related posts:

https://www.growspice.com/Near-multiflora-Brandy-Boy-cross-F3-td2887.html
https://www.growspice.com/Tart-Brandy-Boy-cross-F3-td2920.html
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This post on Tomatoville indicates that the white-ish parts of the fruit (in the OP) may have been caused by too little potassium being available: http://tomatoville.com/showpost.php?p=757395&postcount=6

That would explain why the fruit was so tart! I imagine it would have been a lot larger with more potassium, if it didn't have enough. It was pretty big to start with.

You should be able to get around soil availability issues by doing foliar sprays (if you want to put in the effort).

I'm growing a plant from a seed of the pictured fruit, this year (and several plants from some other fruits grown from its plant). I'm glad I did, too.
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