Tycoon tomato variety
Tycoon tomato variety

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has named the Tycoon tomato a Texas Superstar because of its strong disease package and desirable consumer traits.

David Rodriguez, a Bexar County AgriLife Extension agent and a member of the Texas Superstar selection board, said the variety is resistant to tomato yellow leaf curl virus, which has become a problem for many other varieties in recent years, according to a news release.

It also is resistant to verticillium and fusarium, races 1 and 2, as well as tomato spotted wilt virus and nematodes.

Tycoon is a determinant variety that produces very large fruit of up to 1 pound under optimum management. Quality also is very high.

The variety has a good sugar-to-acid ratio, giving it a pleasant flavor for most consumers.

Texas Superstar varieties undergo extensive testing throughout the state before they are considered for the title.

To be considered, a variety must perform well for consumers and commercial growers throughout the state. It also must be easy to propagate and reasonably priced.

In addition to a strong disease package, a variety also must do well under Texas' heat, and Tycoon has proven itself.

The variety was released at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition in 2011.