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Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Snowball
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Creamy white

Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Maricopa, Arizona

Augusta, Georgia

Brodhead, Kentucky

Halifax, Massachusetts

Omaha, Nebraska

Rumford, Rhode Island

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 11, 2012, JeremiahT from Brodhead, KY wrote:

Grew this old and unusual cultivar on a whim last year, after receiving a packet of seeds as a free gift. Like Farmerdill, I found it hardy and productive; my Snowballs were not noticeably bothered by the diseases that affected some of the other tomatoes grown in their vicinity, and they bore more fruit than any tomato I have yet planted. And like notthefunkind, I found the flavor pleasant---sweet and subtly fruity. The medium-sized fruits, in addition to being good eating, were attractive, with yellow-white skin and flesh, and an occasional touch of blush. They might do well at a farmers' market, and they'd certainly impress your friends---if you're keeping the right sort of friends.

The only downside, apart from the possibility that Snowball might not appeal to those w... read more


On Sep 3, 2008, notthefunkind wrote:

i strongly disagree that this tomato is a novelty. i grew it just to say i had a white one in the mix and didn't expect much from it. when i tasted that first tomato i was SHOCKED. rich, fruity, sweet, one of the most delicious tomatoes i have eaten this season. i'm not generally a fan of low acid tomatoes but i will grow this one every year from now on. this plant was slower to produce than my others but has also shown a hardiness that some of the others lack. i couldn't recommend it highly enough.


On Nov 26, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Grew this one in the late forties, again about four years ago. Grows and produces well but strictly a novelty.