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May 03, 2007


This blog posted about the UglyRipe controversy the other day, including links to articles on it from the likes of the Washington Post. According to those articles, the tomato has been allowed, but it had to jump through a lot of hoops.


Heirloom tomatoes (or "ugly tomatoes) have always had better flavors. Last year I grew hybrids next to my ugly ones and the hybrids couldn't touch the ugly ones on flavor.

I must be out of the loop. This is the first time I heard of banning heirloom tomatoes. What a tragedy that would be, no wonderfully sweet, salty tomatoes to enjoy on a hot humid day!

Enjoy your homely homer, I think you will find it a keeper!

I'm not sure if they are still "banned" in Florida or not. The ban was on selling them to the rest of the country. The Florida Tomato Committee said they only wanted "nice looking" round tomatoes to represent their state. I think it was because UglyRipe was outselling the others and the Committee probably consisted of those other sellers!

I'm not sure if Homely Homer is indeed an Ugly Ripe variety. If anyone knows anything else about Homely Homer, I would love to hear from you.

Hi! Just looking around the net I found your page about the Homely Homer and the uglyripes.

The uglyripe is actually a different variety, developed by Procacci Brothers and grown exclusively by Santa Sweets. It was developed from an Italian variety called Maramondo.

It is actually the first (and only) product audited and protected under the USDA Identity Preservation Program.

The controversy with the Florida Tomato Commitee was finaly resolved when USDA passed a final ruling exempting this tasty beauty from shape the restrictions that made it virtually impossible to ship the Uglyripe out of Florida during the marketing order season.

This winter season volumes were kind of low, but very soon you will all be able to enjoy the Uglyripes and bring some relief to your winter days.

Thank you Manuel for the update on UglyRipe. I had heard that it was Santa Sweets that was trying to sell them from Florida.

I wonder is Homely Homer is a different derivative of Maramondo. I'd so like to know what tomato it is or if it is a one-of-a-kind variety of its own.

I'd love to hear from anyone else who has any insight Anyone out there from Michigan who knows anything about Bert R. Hybels Inc, the distributer of Homer?

Thanks again to ellipsisknits, our anonymous friend and Manuel for your contributions so far!

For you tomato lovers, you could check a very intersting site with pictures of a LOT of heirloom tomatoes.

I have never ordered from the site but find their display of varieties truly amazing.


On the Uglyripes, we grow them in three locations in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey and Mexico.

The original maramondo is not as flat shaped as the Homer. I can be sure, but it doesn't look like a descendant.

Check out that site, i'm sure you'll find it interesting

I grew Homely Homer this year in my Mesquite, Texas garden and I am totally addicted to the flavor. I don't know what genus is is, but I've started new plants from seed for my fall garden and hope it's not a hybrid. Has anyone else done this?

Bruce F

Is the another name for the ugly homer Costoluto?


I've got a couple of Costoluto plants with fruit that are almost ripe and they look very similar to the Homely Homer.

Also shown in this photo -


Yeah I'd say it's definitely a Costoluto Genovese, here is a picture of mine before it ripened:

This is an old time heirloom tomato. I've since harvested many and they are very beefy and the flavour has been verified as very tasty by myself and many friends who have tried them. In fact it's one of the few I'm saving seeds from this year, the others weren't so interesting.

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