'Brandywine' is one of the most popular heirloom tomatoes a home gardener can grow. It features huge, pink, beefsteak-type fruit, soft texture, thin skin, and incredible tomato flavor. But some gardeners have also noted that 'Brandywine' fruit can ripen unevenly, especially on the shoulders, and produce low yields.
Now there's a hybrid version of this classic named 'Brandy Boy' that has all the positive characteristics of the heirloom but with more uniform fruiting and better yields. 'Brandy Boy' is an indeterminate variety that matures in about 78 days from transplanting.
If you don't think summer squash can be ornamental and exotic, take a look at the new All-America Selections winner, 'Papaya Pear'. This bright yellow hybrid summer squash looks like a light bulb with the widest section near the blossom end. 'Papaya Pear' fruit can be harvested in about 40 days from sowing, and it grows more as a bush than a vine, making it a good choice for small spaces and containers. Like all summer squash, 'Papaya Pear' is best harvested when small -- only 3 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide.
For more information about 'Papaya Pear', contact www.all-americaselections.org/currentwinners.html
Article published on June 23, 2008.