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‘Big Hill’ was bred By Joseph Lofthouse from a cross made between a very early Russian tomato variety ‘Jagodka’ and well know, delicious ‘Hillbilly’.*
Determinate, regular leaf plants produce large (7-12oz./200-350g), bi-colored beefsteaks, yellow to the orange outside, and orange flesh with red marbling. Delicious, sweet, and fruity tomato flavors with some floral after tones. Meaty yet juicy flesh. Prolific and very early plants. Excellent slicers, but also great for salads.
* Here is how Joseph describes this variety on his page http://garden.lofthouse.com: “Big Hill tomato was my first attempt to breed a promiscuously pollinating tomato. The anther cone is open and the anthers are loosely attached to each other. The stigma is exposed. It has a bold floral display, and the flowers are open to the sky and not buried in foliage. Determinate. Large (12 oz) bi-colored fruits: red and yellow. Tastes great. Big Hill is fairly susceptible to cross pollination. Promiscuous pollination is a defining characteristic of this variety. Closed flowers are a dominant trait. Therefore any offspring that have closed flowers are off-type and should not be called Big Hill. I would love to receive seeds from any descendents of this variety that are off-type or have closed flowers since they are hybrids and would further my breeding project. The ancestors of this tomato are Hillbilly, which has been my life-long favorite tasting tomato, and Jagodka, which is my earliest market tomato. Big Hill represents the best traits of each ancestor.”