Which Brandywine strain from Tomato Grower's Supply?
I have limited space to grow one variety, yes, just one, this fall. What I would like is a tomato with a good balance between sweet and acid, more sweet than acid, and not mealy. I am considering the following Brandywine strains from TGS and appreciate feedback from those who have grown these strains:
1) Brandywine (Red) Potato Leaf #3642: This is a version of Brandywine that offers red fruit with luscious old-time, red tomato flavor. Plants have potato-shaped leaves and are extremely productive, bearing long harvests of these 10 to 16 ounce fruit. Heirloom from the late 1800's. Indeterminate. 80 days.
2) Brandywine (Red) Regular Leaf #5062: This is a version of Brandywine that offers red fruit with luscious old-time, red tomato flavor. Plants have regularly-shaped leaves and are extremely productive, bearing long harvests of these 10 to 16 ounce fruit. Heirloom from the late 1800's. Indeterminate. 80 days.
3) Brandywine Liam’s #5397: A selection that occurred from the Brandywine cross that produced Lucky Cross, this one grows regular leaves and produces 1 to 2 lb. pink beefsteak tomatoes with the outstanding flavor for which Brandywines are famous. Silky smooth texture and better than average production make this heirloom stand out as a great choice for your garden. Indeterminate. 80 days.
4) Brandywine OTV #5620: OTV Brandywine is a strain of Brandywine that came from a natural cross between Yellow Brandywine and an unknown red tomato. 'OTV' stands for 'Off the Vine,' an heirloom tomato newsletter once published by Carolyn Male and Craig LeHoullier. These tomatoes are red, foliage is potato-leaved, and yield is often greater than that of regular Brandywine, especially since OTV Brandywine sets fruit more easily in warm weather. Fruit weighs about 1 lb. and its flavor is delicious, the perfect blend of sugars and acids. Indeterminate. 85 days.
5) Brandywine Red (Landis Valley Strain) #5940: This special strain of Red Brandywine comes from Chester County, Pennsylvania, where it originated in 1885. It produces medium-sized, 8 to 12 oz. round, smooth red fruit that are juicy and loaded with intense tomato flavor. This is a different strain than regular Brandywine Red, which has a much larger and more ribbed tomato. This foliage is shaped like a regular tomato leaf and is not potato-leaved. Expect high yields of this very flavorful tomato. Indeterminate. 78 days.
6) Brandywine Sudduth's Strain #5725: This is widely known as the original Pink Brandywine strain, obtained by Ben Quisenberry from Dorris Sudduth Hill, whose family had grown it for more than 80 years. Many gardeners consider this strain the best Brandywine with fruit that is superior in taste and smoothness. Its tomatoes are indeed special, 1 to 2 pound pink beefsteaks with the delectably complex, rich, sweet flavor that has made Brandywine justifiably famous. Indeterminate. 85 days.
7) Brandywine #5525: This variety is legendary for its very exceptional rich, succulent flavor. Large pink-red fruit can become 1-1/2 lbs. with creamy flesh. Vines grow quite tall and have potato-leaved foliage. An Amish heirloom since 1885. Indeterminate. 80 days.