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Punta Banda

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Solanum lycopersicum. Collected from the Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California. Indeterminate plants produce hundreds of red meaty, thick skinned fruits despite heat, water stress and poor soil. Great paste tomato. Performed impressively in our 2012 trials in Tucson, producing throughout the summer despite full exposure and harsh conditions. It was also incredibly productive in 2018 at Mission Garden. Renowned for its early maturity. A staff favorite! From our seed bank collection.

  • A staff favorite! 
  • Approx. 40 seeds (0.1 g).
  • Limit 3 packets.
  • No more than 30 packets total of any seeds 
  • $3.25

Customer Reviews

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Charles Anderson

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Joe R. Klein
Excellent flavor, hardy plants

These are wonderful little tomatoes on hardy little plants that stood up to a brutal summer. This was my first year growing them, and they are a winner. In my opinion these are the perfect sauce / salsa tomato, though they are also delicious fresh from the vine, in Greek salads, or for roasting with chiles for salsa (not too watery like many tomatoes). The flavor is rich and perfectly balanced--and I love the thick skins; flavor is miles ahead of other paste / sauce tomatoes. The tomatoes are also the perfect size--like a very large cherry or small plum type, 2-3", easy to work with in the kitchen.

We had extreme heat and drought in our garden this summer (CA Central Coast zone 9b); I planted these the furthest away, in an exposed, hard to reach spot, hoping that they would tolerate less moisture. They did pretty well, and are still producing fruit in late October. Despite doing well in the stress test, in the future I'll give them a little extra water in the hottest part of summer and hopefully have even more fruit. As the summers continue to get hotter and drier, I'm glad to have Punta Banda on my team.

One very important thing that others have mentioned: these do not behave like most "indeterminate" tomatoes that grow very long vines; they produce much more compact plants with shorter vines (not quite determinate either; maybe "semi-indeterminate"?). I would recommend doing only very minimal pruning of these plants to maximize their fruit production. I usually grow my tomatoes on a 3-leader staking method to save space and grow vertically, and that did not work very well with this variety. My other tomatoes are all 7+ feet tall now, but Punta Banda never got higher than about 3-4 feet, and my pruning probably cost me delicious fruit. In the future I will grow this variety in a large tomato cage with a central stake, and maybe just prune the lower branches a bit to keep them off the ground.

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Daris Padilla

Punta Banda

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Early and healthy

First tomatoes of the year. June 23 and we harvested 12 tomatoes. Our tomato plants are planted close together in a raised bed with excellent soil, are partially covered by a 50/50 shade cloth, and drip irrigated 2x day. Very psyched to pick perfectly ripe, healthy tomatoes today. They are full-flavored and tart, and will go into a fresh tomato sauce. We've waited 3 years to grow our own tomatoes again, and we are thrilled. We bought them here at Seed Search.

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Kara Adkins
Doesn't disappoint!

This is my second time growing this variety of tomato. I purchased these seeds in winter 2020. Last year we were in our old home and these plants produced pretty small tomatoes. Tried them again this year with fresh AZ Worm Farm compost mixed with vermiculite, and some coco coir, wow! It's June and I've picked 4lb of tomatoes! Sadly, the temps will be 117°+ several days in a row. We will wait and see if they make it thru the heat and begin reproducing in the "fall"!