Photo of Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Brandywine'): How the 'Brandywine' tomato got its name.

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Name: Mike Dunton
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Feb 5, 2015 3:12 AM CST
A lot of lore and myth surround this recognizable "category" of heirloom tomatoes. This report is the earliest known reference to the use of the name, 'Brandywine'. It was named by a well known 19th Century tomato expert, who happened to be Quaker, and live near the stream in Pennsylvania called Brandywine.

Over the last 125 years, the story has been corrupted, the Quaker component changed to Amish, and many unrelated varieties taken on the Brandywine moniker for what can only be assumed for marketing purposes.

For more information, see Craig LeHoullier's article at
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