Heirloom Vegetable. A classic Amish variety from 1895 and still perhaps the best eating tomato ever! Brandywine retains many of the characteristics of the original tomatoes such as deeply lobed potato-like leaves. Purplish-red Beefsteak type fruits average 250-300 g (9-11 oz) in size. The fruit is not considered pretty, but what a taste! The first fruit is ready for harvest approximately 80 days from transplanting outdoors.