Orange Ghabbana


  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: indeterminate
  • Leaf type: regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 12+
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases

“Orange Ghabbana” is a variety by Tom Wagner. I cannot locate information about the parentage or other history. According to a tomato forum post, Mr. Wagner has stated that there is a Green Ghabbaba and an Orange Ghabbana. This is the orange variety, but it is actually more of an ochre, which I feel is closer to a green-when-ripe than a beta carotene or tangerine gene orange.
Finding the definition of “ghabbana” was a bit challenging at first. I finally located a definition that made sense:
“…the orange two-wrap turban, also called the Ghabbana (Arabic: غبانة). The Ghabbana is commonly worn by artisans (people of professions), craftsmen, and the common people in the old districts such as ‘Awlad ‘al-Hara and the Ummdah…Nowadays, the orange turbans are more common for folkloric purposes, or as a representation of the Hejazi cultural dress.”
I can see how this beefsteak might resemble a rather folded, flattened turban. It really isn’t a true orange though. It is more similar to Elser Farm’s Brown Derby, Uluru Ochre, and those which have a rather coppery exterior and a greenish orange ochre flesh. The flesh is thick and has a good, balanced flavor, perhaps more on the acidic than sweet side.
At times I have noted that PayPal places holds on orders containing items with certain terms that are felt to be a concern for Homeland Security in the US. This has been the case with “Starfire Isis” and “Big Orange Volunteer.” Orange Ghabbana variety may have such terms in its name. If that turns out to be the case, I will change the listing name to “Orange Ghab,” while the description maintains the true name.
NOTE: One packet per order due to very limited stock.

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