Tomato 'Eva Purple Ball'

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: Eva Purple Ball
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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, slicing


Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Haleyville, Alabama

Lakewood, California

Oceanside, California

Miami, Florida

Conyers, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Kansas City, Kansas

Ijamsville, Maryland

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Goodman, Missouri

Troy, Ohio

Collinwood, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Maryville, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Anton, Texas

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tooele, Utah

Weyers Cave, Virginia

Oroville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 11, 2017, Bigfeet from Los Alamos, NM wrote:

One of eight tomato varieties grown from seed this year. Kind of idled for a long time when put in the ground, but once it started growing, holy crap! I've never seen a more dense, thick tomato plant. It is outgrowing a 60" tall by 30" diameter concrete mesh cage.

Eva Purple was the first to ripen, as well. Fruits turn to peach then pale red, and actually fall off by themselves when ready. They will continue to ripen on the counter to a deep pinky red. No idea why "purple" is in the name. Firm, spherical, and roughly tennis ball size. Uniform color and completely smooth all around.

Delicious flavor! The juicy flesh is red with a watermelon hue. Steady, but not "prolific" producer... I think. You really have to dig through the foliage to see how many tomatoes a... read more


On Jan 31, 2016, nkda1819 from Salt Lake City, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

We grew this tomato during the summer or 2015 in Salt Lake City. We had several weeks of triple digit heat early in the summer and then the weather was moderate and dry the rest of the growing season. This plant was a bonus plant included in an order of heirloom plants and thus got a non-ideal placement in my garden. It was shaded, to some extent, throughout the season by larger hybrids that were probably a bit too close. Despite all that and getting a late start in production it was tied for flavor champion in my garden. Every tomato it produced was perfectly sweet and juicy, the exact way that I prefer a tomato. My wife also loved this fruit. The plant had no disease throughout the entire season. It produced at an average rate once it started producing, and had it received more s... read more


On Aug 17, 2013, CaliforniaGuy from Lakewood, CA wrote:

I've only had one bush of this so far, because the critters in the yard always seem to destroy the purple ball seedlings more than anything else. Although I didn't get a ton of tomatoes out of it, it was pretty good, and I will try to grow more to be sure. As others have said, the fruit are quite uniform and attractive. I just wish they were a little larger. Update: Tried again 2014, bush was finally pretty productive but all of the tomatoes were kind of small, a little bigger than golf ball size. Very flavorful though, with some zing to them. A good salad tomato.


On Feb 21, 2010, HarmonyGardener from Tooele, UT wrote:

The Eva Purple Ball tomatoes were possibly the prettiest deep pink/red tomatoes I have ever seen. Just beautiful and so delicious. No cracks, no bugs, no problems. Even through a long, dry, hot summer with out of town trips it did wonderfully. When it was wilted it bounced back just hours after watering. Loved it.


On Mar 3, 2009, Zeppy from Shenandoah Valley, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

My new favorite canner: when other plants are suffering from bugs or disease, Eva PB still turns out gorgeous, yummy maters that peel beautifully.


On Jan 18, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Good flavor and pretty fruit, will grow again at some point.


On Oct 15, 2005, cottonpicker from Audubon, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Tennis ball sized, pinkish-red fruit with nice flavor & fairly good production. Perfectly round, blemish free fruits. Will grow again.


On Dec 19, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

From the German Black Forest. Uniform, tennis ball sized pink fruit.