Elser’s Brown Derby


Plants available early April to late July in 6cm Pots

Out of stock


I am very excited to be able to finally offer you this one I first heard about it several years ago and it caused quite a stir when it was introduced locally at markets near to where it was bred and was said to be one of the best tasting tomatoes on the planet I even contacted the breeders at the time to ask if i could get some seed for it and they weren’t prepared to give me any But I have just discovered its available from a couple of my French seed suppliers

Variety resulting from the crossing of “Paul Robeson” x “Aunt Ruby’s German Green”.

Beefsteak type about 150-300 grams with a bronze/orange and green colouring and fleshy juicy orange flesh of excellent flavour


Here is a description from somebody in the states who has tried it

It arose about 5 years ago in the garden of Maria & Darrell Elser of Elser’s Country Farm in Yucaipa, California and they have been selling it to adoring customers at their Southern California heirloom tomato farm stands for several years. The flavor is tantalizing–tart and sweet and smokey, a perfect combination of tang to sweetness with plenty of juice and a rapturous brown and green color. When Amazing Terry and I first tasted it in August, our eyes got wide, we grinned and  stared at each other with the ‘Oh-my-God-this-is-incredible’ look.  I could barely believe my mouth.

Elser’s Brown Derby has become a much sought after favorite at Maria and Darrell’s Farmer’s Market stands  where customers arrive early to get their hands on one of these treasures. I had to scramble to get this one. True story. Another customer implored me, but I did not budge, wouldn’t give it up. I wanted it for the photograph because it was so beautiful. Then we ate eat. At this time we have very few seeds so our supply of Brown Derby plants will be limited.