Tomato 'Orange Banana'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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: Orange Banana
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:



Seed Type:



Fresh, salad


Disease Resistance:

Fusarium Wilt (F)

Verticillium Wilt (V)

Root Nematodes (N)

Tobacco Mosaic (T)

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Sun City, California

Clarksville, Indiana

Benton, Kentucky

Deal, New Jersey

Espanola, New Mexico

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 11, 2006, MikeyJoe from Clarksville, IN wrote:

I would agree with others who have said that this is a fun Tomato to grow. My plants did not get very big but they have produced lots of fruit. The dry quality of the flesh make them perfect for eating straight off the vine without being messy. The orange color and banana shape makes a great addition to a basket of Tomatoes when sharing with friends.


On Aug 22, 2006, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Adorable, tomato that resembles? little bananas, but looks ALOT more like little yellow/ orange peppers! :) Good flavor/ texture. Relatively? mild in flavor, not too, but a little sweet. Relatively meaty, not alot of "jelly" or seeds (an almost "empty" cavity). My tomatos were actually QUITE yellow. Like the color of a piece of say, banana candy or a yellow daylily. Mine weren't really orange at all. Not sure why? :) Cute tomatos though! :) And decent flavor and texture. EASY! to grow. Prolific (and fast maturing) and disease free! Try this one! :)


On Oct 15, 2002, theteapot wrote:

Best grown under glass and trained. This year I planted some outdoors and some in the greenhouse - the outdoor ones produced nice but late and sparse tomatos, the greenhouse ones produced large tresses of 8 or nine tomatos and is still going stong in October. It is great in soups and dries well on radiators or in a low heat oven. It is very disease resistant but prone to splitting if not watered enough.


On Jul 30, 2002, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A great little tomato for drying.It also will make a great sauce or salsa.

Not as flavorful as the beefsteaks,but that is because of it's dryer flesh,which suits it wonderfully for dehydrating.