- An original creation 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: 20
“Prime Rib” is an original creation by Bunny Hop Seeds. This is a deep reddish-chocolate beefsteak tomato, with a solid tomatoey flavor. It is not overly sweet, but has an excellent balance of sugar and acid. I chose the name “Prime Rib,” because the thick meaty slices reminded me of excellent quality aged beef from a fancy steak restaurant. Not the wimpy fake pinkish red of supermarket steaks, but the real dark brownish red of aged beef with complex flavors.
This cross came about in 2013, when I tried to find a tomato variety of any color but red, that could be grown in the ground in my challenging climate and under a large insect/disease load. I did not find one. So, I made a cross of a disease-resistant red salad hybrid, BHN 669 F1, to a delicious and renowned purple beefsteak, Black from Tula. The cross was successful, and several segregates were pursued.
Now in the F7 generation, the segregate “Prime Rib” is stable. Each generation has been grown in my native soil, which is poor, sandy, acidic, and liberally laced with bacterial wilt and nematodes. Prime Rib has tolerated these conditions plus heat and humidity without difficulty. It has impressive productivity for a beefsteak in my garden. I highly recommend Prime Rib to anyone who struggles to grow heirloom tomatoes in a hot, humid climate and who loves intensely flavored slab o’mater on sandwiches and other fresh eating applications.
My photo of the sliced fruit shows it at not fully ripe. You can see the greenish cast to the gel. I will take a photo at dead ripe in the fall season’s harvest.
One packet per order please!
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