Bundaberg Rumball


  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: dwarf, indeterminate
  • Leaf type: rugose, regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Treatment for fungal and bacterial diseases.
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20

“Bundaberg Rumball” is a member of the Dwarf Tomato Project family. It was developed from a cross between Budai Torpe and Black from Tula, and selected by Richard Allen, in the F2 generation. Bundaberg Rumball was released in 2014, and named by Patrina Nuske Small, after an Australian sweet treat made with Bundaberg rum. In fact, the treat recipe reminds me of something my friends and I used to make at Christmas, which we simply called “Rum Balls” or “Bourbon Balls,” depending upon what was in the cabinet. I also remember an ongoing competition to see who could use the most rum or bourbon while keeping the treat in a fairly firm, mostly round shape. These are also pretty good made with rum flavoring, for those who prefer to avoid alcoholic beverages. But I digress. Back to tomatoes. Bundaberg Rumball performed a million times better for me this year than the last time I grew it in 2015. I am finding that getting my seedlings transplanted out just three to four weeks earlier than I used to gives most varieties a decent chance to fruit before the heat miasma we call summer sets in.
Bundaberg Rumball produces cocktail-sized (saladette) luscious chocolate fruits. Production is fairly abundant, and should be even better for those growing in a favorable climate. The flavor is indeed as sweet and rich as a tomato jam I would actually like. Highly recommended!

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Patrina Nuske Small and Craig LeHoullier (co-architects of the Dwarf Tomato Project) have released this variety under the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) pledge:
“You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.”
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