Buffalo Soldier


  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: indeterminate
  • Leaf type: potato leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Treatment for bacterial and fungal diseases.
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 15

“Buffalo Soldier” is a type of tomato that I privately refer to as “manly.” What I mean is that the fruits and the plant are strong and bold, in flavor and habit. Buffalo Soldier is a big chocolate beefsteak, segregated out from a cross of Indian Stripe x Big Beef F1 made by John Beidler of Connecticut, with growout and selection by Bill Jeffers of Indiana. Since this variety is said to have both chocolate and purple forms in circulation, I made certain to verify the epidermis color, which was yellow.
The flavor was rich and strong, as I find in many chocolate tomatoes. Buffalo Solider also has a vigorous growth habit, as I find common to Mr. Jeffers’ varieties. By “vigorous,” I mean that it is a strong plant with sturdy stems, full leaves, and steady growth.
Let’s talk about leaf type for a moment. Potato leaves are large and smooth…for the most part. And we are used to seeing serrations on regular leaves. There is a leaf type, however, that seems to be the subject of eternal leaf debate. Some say it is PL and some say it is RL…some say intermediate potato leaf, some say “inbetweenie,” which I think really sums it up nicely. I have noticed that the plants with this leaf type have smoother older leaves and more serrated newer leaves. Buffalo Soldier is one of these. I have included a photo here to show the plant leaf type. I have circled in red the older, smooth leaves that appear to be PL, and I have circled in magenta the newer, more serrated leaves that appear to be RL. I will mark this variety as a PL, but I leave it up to you to decide what to call it. Just make sure that the leaves of your plant look like the leaves of THIS plant, and you will have the true type for Buffalo Soldier.

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