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‘Hillbilly’ is an old heirloom variety that originally came from the hills of West Virginia.* It was initially featured in the ‘Victory Seed Company’ catalog in Molalla, Oregon, USA, in 2002.
Orange-yellow beefsteak with red mottled skin and crimson streaked interior weighing 16-32oz./450-900g and are borne on indeterminate, regular leaf vines. The sweet, fruity flavor is followed by a slightly acidic afternote. This eye-catching and delectable tomato can be shown off on sliced platters and on tomato tarts. The fruits will ripen late in the season, 85 days after transplanting.
*Some sources have incorrectly claimed that ‘Hillbilly’ is also known as ‘Flame’. According to Dr. Carolyn Male, this is false. This is how the tomato history of this variety was described by MikeD, a member of the Garden.org forum, on Jan. 25th, 2016:
“In the past few years, a couple of seed merchants have incorrectly been claiming that ‘Hillbilly’ is also known as “Flame.” This has confounded the already confusing history of “Flame” aka “Old Flame” aka “Olympic Flame.” According to Dr. Carolyn Male, this is false. Although there is a tomato variety called ‘Flame’, it is a relatively newly released (circa 1984) bi-color. Originally introduced as “Olympic Flame,” it was quickly renamed “Old Flame” due to trademark claims, and over the years, the name has become commonly shortened to simply “Flame.”
And on March 9, 2014, this was posted by Carolyn Male in Tomatoville
“Rene Shepherd did introduce Olympic Flame, which was a selection made by Patty Byzinski at Seeds by Design in CA so they could give it a new name.
And yes, The Olympic Comm said they couldn’t use that name, so it was changed to Old Flame, same tomato, new name. But in the meantime, both names were in use which caused lots of confusion.
Then I did a booboo when I send seeds of Jaune Flammee to linda at TGS and forgot to write the Juane, so she listed it one time as Flammee and another time as just Flame.
Obviously Jaune Flammee/ Flame is not a gold red bicolor so there shouldn’t be any confusions there.
Finally, IMO there’s nothing special about Olympic Flame/Old Flame, just another gold/red bicolor, and yes, I grew it.
Now that I think about it I do think that some ended up calling Flame as well.
And NO, Hillbilly is not any of the above, just another one of the several gold/red bicolors. Carolyn”.
- Culinary Use
- Flavor Profile
- Fruity / Sweet
- Flesh Color
- Bi-Color / Red / Yellow
- Fruit Color
- Fruit Shape
- Fruit Size
- Extra Large / Large
- Leaf Type
- Plant Type
- Solanum lycopersicum
- Heirloom / Open Pollinated
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