A Red/Orange beefsteak open pollinated tomato on Indeterminate plants
Box Car Willie is a slightly flattened New Jersey tomato variety. The indeterminate, regular-leaf, tall, vigorous, tomato plants yield good crops of large (10 to 16-ounce), smooth, bright-orange/red tomatoes with distinctly delicious well-balanced, rich, sweet that have sufficient acid to push the flavours forward and guarantee this variety as a good choice for sauce or salad and perfect for tomato juice. A good all season tomato that produces well until frost. Good resistance to disease and cracking.
The history seems to be fairly plain, bred by Jow Bratka’s father in the early 1990’s, (see history section about Joe Bratka) it was one of many varieties which have him in their history.
There seem to be a number of “False Willies” about and we sourced our seeds from reputable suppliers.
It is similar in size and flavour to other Red/Pink Beefsteaks (Mortgage Lifter, Big Beef, Abraham Lincoln) and its always difficult to choose between them.
- Fruit Type: Beefsteak
- Fruit Shape: Round/Flattenned
- Fruit Size: Medium/Large
- Fruit Colour: Orange/Red/Pink
- Flesh Colour: Red
- Plant Type: Indeterminate
- Seed Type: Open Pollinated?
- Leaf Type: Regular
- Time to Ripe: Late (80+ Days)
- Taste: Sweet
- Fruit per Truss: 4-6
- Truss Spacing: 12-18 inches
- Alternatives: Pink Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Big Beef, Abraham Lincoln
- Our Source: Nicky's Seeds