'Marvana' inherited much of its vigor and disease resistance, as well as a little of its color and smoothness, from the now presumed extinct, 'Marvel' tomato, yet closely resembles 'Earliana' in its small leaflets and spreading habit of vine. 'Marvana' is distinctly a "first-early" variety. It sets fruits freely and produces a good early crop, but its fruits are not as large and meaty as those of later season varieties.
Bred by Fred J. Pritchard of the USDA as a stabilized cross between 'Marvel' and 'Earliana'. It was released in 1924. Our stock was grown out from seed originally obtained from the USDA back in 2003 (GRIN accession number G 32333.) We reintroduced it to the public for the 2015 gardening season. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
- "Yearbook of Agriculture", USDA, 1926
- "Yearbook of Agriculture", USDA, 1937
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