From Tatiana's TOMATOBase
- Large vines need caging or staking, 71 days, good production of large (6-8 oz.) meaty, elongated and pointed red fruit, sometimes with greenish yellow shoulders, very much resembling the fruit of Opalka. They have excellent flavor, are not overly juicy and make a good choice as a multipurpose variety. Growing them side-by-side with Opalka leads me to believe they might be the same variety as I noticed no real differences between them (see comparison photo) - it makes me wonder if Ernie was not hiding a secret.
- Dennis Sherwood, Illinois (IL SH D) who probably obtained it from Marianne Jones of Dickson, Tennessee (TN JO M) from CA BA M2 1999.
Year: 2007, 2008
Location: Augusta Michigan
- Introduced to SSE in 1999 by CA BA M2, Molly Barker Fitler of Redwood City CA, who attributed the variety to Ernie Franco of San Mateo CA.
- Said to have been brought from Italy to CA around 1990 by Ernie Franco.
Jeff Fleming (MI FL J). Ernie's Pointed and Opalka. 2008
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