- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for fungal and bacterial diseases
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 10
“Harvard Square” is one of these interesting varieties with a checkered past. When I look for photos, I see two clearly different tomatoes. One is a green-when-ripe bicolor beefsteak, striped green and pink or red (I can’t see if the epidermis is yellow or clear). The other is a dark-fleshed bicolor beefsteak, striped green and either chocolate or purple (I can’t see if the epidermis is yellow or clear). Additionally, there are many discussions on the internet as to whether or not this is Green Copia.
With the help of friends, I found that this is a sport of Green Copia, but NOT Green Copia. The quotation here is after the 2007 introduction in Seed Savers Yearbook by Martin Longseth of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, who got the seed from Pat Yourell, Old Webster Farm, Sparta, Wisconsin. In 2014, Martin describes Harvard Square in the Seed Savers Yearbook as, “80 days, indet., regular leaf, tri-color beefsteak type to 1 lb., dark and light green plus red stripes. This was sport of Green Copia.”
There are all sorts of taste reviews of Harvard Square, some favorable and some not. The Harvard Square I have here is a green and pink striped beefsteak. I carefully checked the epidermis color to be sure, as many folks seem to call everything red, basing this on the color of the tomato flesh rather than the epidermis. The flesh is a green-when-ripe bicolor.
The flavor was excellent, my favorite combination of sweetness and tanginess, plus the lighter fruitiness of a green-when-ripe. My highly scientific tasting terminology in my notes states, “Yummeeee!”
I grew this variety in a small pot, not certain if I would like it or what it would look like. This naturally decreased productivity for the med-large beefsteak. It has earned a larger pot for next season! NOTE: Very limited stock.
8 in stock