FRUIT TYPE BY WEIGHT

Currant - Cherries
: =  ≤ 3 oz
Salad - Slicer: 3 - 8 ozs
Beefsteak: = 8 - 16 ozs
XL Beefsteak : 1 lb +
 












Abraca Zebra tomatoABRACA ZEBRA
A beautiful black tomato with dark green shoulders and bright shiny skin and deep mahogany flesh, which is juicy and meaty. A great tomato with better-than-good production. Another plus is that they didn’t shut down in our horrible heat and rain this past season.
HISTORY: I bought these seeds via SSE member (OH AN A) last winter (2013), and they do match his description. However, Tom Wagner also released a tomato with this name, and it is definitely not a green striped cherry. Trades Wind Fruits apparently offered a tomato with this name in the past and the description is similar, so they could be the original source.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE:Slicing, Salsa
ORIGIN: Unknown


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Amana Orange Tomato
AMANA ORANGE
Big plants produce above average amounts of beautiful glowing orange, oblate, fluted fruits that can grow to 2 lbs. or more, with an average diameter of 5 inches. These big beefsteaks have an intense full flavor that most tomatoes don't match! Excellent sweet, almost tropical fruit flavors. Considered by many to be a 'go to' orange tomato.
HISTORY: First introduced to Seed Savers Exchange by Gary Staley of Brandon, Florida in 1985. Gary named this tomato after the Amana Corporation, where he worked as a Customer Service Manager. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kathy Lutz)

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to Ex-Large
FRUIT COLOR: Orange
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated; USA


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Amazon Chocolate tomato
AMAZON CHOCOLATE
This is truly a beautiful tomato. Chocolate - olive - purple fruits have dark green faint strips spilling down from the stem over the shoulders. Fruits can reach up to one pound. Flesh is brownish-purple with green tints. Flavor is deep, rich and sweet.

2013 was a true test for all tomatoes in my garden; this one just kept putting out the fruits. Above average disease resistance.
HISTORY: Unknown.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato Leaf
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Slicing, Home-processing
ORIGIN: Unknown


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Ananas Noire aka Black Watermelon Tomato
ANANAS NOIRE aka Black Pineapple
French for 'black pineapple', dark dusky pink fruits with olive green shoulders are beautiful in their own right. But slice one open and a stunning combination of olive green, pink and cream flesh will reveal itself. Outstanding sweet smoky flavor; a taste that is as complex as its colors. Fruits weigh an average of 1 1/2 lbs. A highly regarded 'new' open-pollinated variety.
HISTORY: Found in a patch of 'Pineapple' tomatoes in Belgium by horticulturist Pascal Moreau, who then developed and stabilized it.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to Ex-Large
FRUIT COLOR: Multi-colored
USE: Slicing, Fresh, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated; Belgium


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Aunt Anna Tomato
APRICOT BRANDYWINE
I was really impressed with this tomato. Outrageously beautiful! Shiny dark apricot fruits averaging just under a pound  with slightly ribbed shoulders and glossy skin. Super meaty and nearly coreless, with few seeds and gel. Flavor is exceptional; sweet and mellow with a slight acid finish. Disease resistance and drought tolerance was excellent; out-performing all other Brandywine-types in the 2015 garden.
HISTORY: There is controversy regarding the history of this variety. Some believe that it is just a renamed version of Yellow Brandywine and/or Summer Cider. While I have seed for Summer Cider I have not grown it out yet, so I can not speak to it potentially being a renamed version of this cultivar. However, I did grow out both Yellow Brandywine and Apricot Brandywine this past summer (2015) side by side, and saw no resemblance, whatsoever. Apricot Brandywine far out-performed in all categories over Yellow Brandywine (note, that I don't even list the latter). I think it's also important to note here my seed source(s). While I do not have my original source for Yellow Brandywine (this was pre-database years- 2003), the seed I used in 2015 came from seed saved from the original source, out of 2006's garden. Apricot Brandywine seed was procured from Martin Longseth (WI). There is a gentleman on the web that states that he purchased "Apricot Brandywine" seed from a company in the UK called Unwins in 2004. This may be where the renaming originated, as Summer Cider is purported to have been bred in this vicinity. Whatever the real history is, I am not sure, but I will be growing all three out side-by-side in 2016. Until then, it is my belief that this is indeed a unique variety and am offering it as such.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Apricot - Orange
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Unknown







Choose one PLANT:
Aunt Anna Tomato
AUNT ANNA
Large fruits to 1.5 lbs., very meaty with enough juice to be an excellent burger ‘mater, and second as a saucer. Slightly heart shaped fruits with fantastic old-fashioned tomato flavor! Seems to be drought and disease resistant, too! Production is above par for such a large tomato.
HISTORY: According to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 2009 Seed Catalog, this is an heirloom collected from an elderly Amish gardener from Holmes County, Ohio.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large to Ex-Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: OH - USA, Heirloom


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Aunt Rubys German Green Tomato
AUNT RUBY'S GERMAN GREEN
Slightly flattened, ±1 lb. fruits ripen to a pale greenish-yellow with a slight pink blush that extends to the inside when they are fully mature. Superb, fruity sweet and slightly spicy flavor! Considered by many to be the finest-tasting green tomato. I have a customer that uses only this tomato for his special pesto. FRUITS ARE BEST PICKED BY FEEL, NOT SIGHT. WHEN THE FRUITS ARE SOFT(ISH) TO THE TOUCH, THEY ARE READY!
HISTORY: This variety comes from the preservation efforts of Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee who passed away in 1997.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Green When Ripe
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated; USA, TN


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Aussie, Pink Tomato
AUSSIE, PINK
I love this tomato! Large 1 + lb., glossy, semi-oblate, lightly ribbed fruits which are intensely sweet and gently tart, juicy and meaty with few seeds. Fruits were nearly flawless, as you can see and are resistant to splitting. A perfect all-around tomato! Good resistance to all tomato plant diseases.
HISTORY: Supposed to be an Australian heirloom; I received these seeds from a commercial vendor and an epidermis test revealed that what I grew was definitely pink (clear skin) fruits, not red as they should be. From all photos that I could find of Aussie on the web, they look identical to Aussie, which is supposed to be red (yellow skin/epidermis). These are just too good to not offer.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large - Ex-Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-pollinated



Choose one PLANT:
Beefsteak Tomato
BEEFSTEAK
This old standard variety has become a classic. Fruits turn darker red as they fully mature; solid and meaty. Medium sized fruits are formed in clusters of 4 to 6 per truss. Soft skinned for easy slicing. Several plants will ensure you have enough fruits for home processing as they are very productive.
HISTORY: Old commercial variety. Also known as, 'Red Ponderosa', 'Crimson Cushion' and 'Scarlett Beefsteak'

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Round
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - USA


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Big Cheef Tomato
BIG CHEEF
Considered to be one of the best tasting "black" tomatoes available today. That isn't surprising with Brandywine Sudduth's as one of its parents. Beautiful fruits are produced in abundance on stocky plants which show good heat and disease resistance. Once you try it, it will have a place in your garden every year.
HISTORY: A result of a natural cross of Brandywine, Sudduth's X Unknown  in the garden of Ricky “B” of Murphreesboro, Tennessee, who sent F2 seeds to several Tomatoville members in 2006. The cross produced regular leaf plants in the F1 generation and both potato and regular leaf plants in the F2 generation. Selection continued in 2007-2009 with potato leaf lines as it had an excellent taste. Bill Jeffers of Evansville, Indiana selected for mahogany fruit on a potato leaf vine, and offered a stabilized version (F5) in the Seed Savers 2010 Yearbook. Original seed source was Bill Jeffers.  (PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Jeffers)

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato Leaf
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Black / Purple
USE:  Salsa, Fresh, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated; TN, USA


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Big Rainbow Tomato
BIG RAINBOW
Large (averaging a pound) to potentially really big (2 lb.) fruits are as meaty and juicy as they are gorgeous. As fruits ripen they resemble a rainbow: slight green shoulders, yellow meat with red swirls in the center extending to the blossom end. Fruits are sweet and voluptuous with little cat-facing or deformities. Very good resistance to foliar disease.
HISTORY: A family heirloom from Polk County, Minnesota. Original seed was sent to Dorothy Beiswenger of Crookston, Minnesota (MN BE D) in the early 1980s as a 'No Name' variety. Dorothy liked it so much that she decided to name it 'Big Rainbow' and then offered it in the SSE 1983 Yearbook under that name.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Bicolor (yellow)
USE: Slicing, Salsa
ORIGIN:  USA, MN - Heirloom



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Black from Tula TomatoBLACK FROM TULA
Medium sized, 3-4", slightly flattened fruits are dark brown/mahogany with deep green shoulders. Meat is smooth in texture, weighing from 8 to 14 oz. each. A sweet, fruity and, smoky tasting tomato with outstanding flavor. Productive, they set well even when weather turns hot. Some cracking develops naturally on the fruit shoulders and will do so even more when over-watered. A truly wonderful tomato which has become a staple in many of my customers' gardens.

Note:
Black tomatoes will attain their best flavor when plants are not over-watered and reach their darkest coloration in highest light levels.
HISTORY: Ukrainian family heirloom (although the name implies that it could have originated from Tula, Russia). This variety was imported from Russia via Marina Danilenkoo by Seed Savers Exchange and later offered in their 1996 Yearbook. (PHOTO CREDIT: myGarden.org)

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Fresh, salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Ukrainian Heirloom


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Black Krim Tomato
BLACK KRIM
Outstanding yields of 3-4”, slightly flattened, dark purple beefsteak fruits with deep green shoulders - they turn almost black with sufficient sunlight and heat. The color varies according to the climate but generally the hotter the climate the darker the fruit. Intense, rich, slightly salty flavor. A heavy producer, but somewhat prone to cracking (which in no way effects the favor) when exposed to irregular cultural practices; this is also due to this varieties thin skin.
HISTORY: Originates from the Isle of Krim in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula (Ukraine).

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Ukrainian Heirloom


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Black Krim Tomato
BLACK SEAMAN
Brought back by popular demand! This is the variety that everybody was chasing years back. I've said it once and I'll say it again - you just can't get the same flavor profile in any other color tomato than you can in a black variety: deep, smokey, rich and complex are just a few of the adjectives used to describe these medium sized, thin skinned beauties.

Plants are determinate, which means they stay compact. Fruit size will very from the beginning of the season to the end, but average about baseball size. If you make your own sauce, make sure to include one of these.
HISTORY: Originates from Russia. Most likely the same variety (translated) as Chernomor.

GROWTH HABIT: Determinate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Russia


Choose one PLANT:
Brandywine Tomato
BRANDYWINE
This is by far the best known of all heirlooms and for good reason - everyone who tastes it is enchanted by its superb flavor. Fruits set one or two per cluster (1 lb. each) on vigorous upright plants and are an appetizing shade of dark pink. Production is light during mid-season, increasing later in the season, when the summer heat sets in. While not the highest production of any variety, I have not experienced them being stingy, either. All considered, once you take that first bite of incredible sweet flavor old-fashioned flavor, summer will be complete.
HISTORY:  It is believed that the Brandywine is an Amish heirloom variety from the USA dating back to 1885. I purchased my seed from a man who lives in Pittsburg, PA. He stated that he received his original seed from a friend 37 years ago and has been saving its seed ever since. In 2012, I trialed five different strains of Brandywine side-by-side, searching for the best. Of all the different strains, two stood out heads above the rest - this one and Sudduth's.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom- USA


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Brandywine, Red Tomato
BRANDYWINE, Red
While not technically a Brandywine as Brandywine Red's are regular leaved plants, they certainly have the same outstanding flavor. Thin skinned fruits are variable in shape and size throughout the growing season, starting off with some really big ones and then settling to medium sized fruits the rest of the year. Production is very good. Flavor is super good. This is a great all round tomato.
HISTORY: This old commercial variety was introduced by Johnson and Stokes' in 1889. It was named after the Brandywine River which flows through Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid - season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium - Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom - USA


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Brandywine, Sudduth's Tomato
BRANDYWINE, Sudduth's Strain
Pink fruits average 14 ounces but can reach 2 pounds. Incredibly rich, delightfully intense tomato flavor. While this strain is later to ripen, it is considered by many to be the most delicious strain available. Simply an exceptional tomato that no gardener should be without!
HISTORY: This particular strain was obtained in 1980 by Ben Quisenberry from Doris Sudduth Hill. Ms.Hill said that it had been in her family since about 1900.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom - USA


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Brandywine, True Black Tomato
BRANDYWINE, True Black
IMPRESSIVE ON ALL LEVELS !

I grew this for the first time in 2016 and was continually impressed with both the amount of fruit (and how early they were for a 'Brandywine'), how many fruits the plant produced, the health of the plant and of course, the flavor, all summer long.

'True Black Brandywine' is very similar in all other characteristics with 'Pink Brandywine' - the fruits are relatively large, globe to oblate shaped, and offer an excellent, complex, full flavor. With intense sunlight, fruits will take on noticeably green streaked shoulders, as is in the photo. 
HISTORY: Most likely a stabilized descendent of the original cross found in 1996 by a seed producer in Northern California who identified a sport in their fields which they believed was a cross between 'Pink Brandywine' and 'Black Krim'. They named the variety 'Black Brandywine' and introduced it into the commercial seed trade. It wasn't completely stable when released, producing many variants. Some years later, Williams Woys Weaver, re-released a then stable variant under the name of 'True Black Brandywine'.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate; variable
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Purple
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated




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Buttermilk Falls Tomato
BUTTERMILK FALLS
Top 3 best tasting tomatoes of 2015 as decided by popular opinion!

Yellow tomatoes are historically not all that flavorful, tending to be blander. Buttermilk Falls is the exception - flavor is right up there with the best of the best. Fruits average 1/2 to 3/4 lb, and are produced in abundance. Plants are healthy without intervention, and stay under 5 foot making it a good candidate for even small gardens.

Flesh is the perfect combination of meat, juice and gel. Beautiful when sliced.

HISTORY: Unknown. I received seed for this variety from a fellow seed collector in France, known as "TomatoFrenchman". It came with no information (this is very unusual for serious seed collectors). An exhaustive web search revealed perhaps a hint of its origin, a farm to fork restaurant in New York. I have written to them, and as soon as I hear back I will update this history. In the meantime, it's not a stretch for me to see how someone might have 'accidently' taken a fruit, either from the actual garden or maybe it was served in a dish in the restaurant, liked it so much that they saved seeds from it. I'm curious to see what the restaurant has to say! [UPDATE: I did hear back from the head chef and she said that while they have been growing heirlooms for 10 years, they do not save seed nor have they "created their own tomato". I then got a second email and she said that it did look like a tomato that they had volunteer in the garden. Probably won't ever know the real history, but it was fun searching!]

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Round - heart
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Yellow
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated






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Captain Lucky Tomato
CAPTAIN LUCKY
This truly amazing tomato is becoming highly sought after by 'in the know' gardeners around the world. Technically classified as a Green-When-Ripe (GWR) bi-color, each of the colors come together to create a powerhouse for the taste buds. Green shoulders extend down to the middle of the fruity where the outside is then permeated by the interior red blush, enabling you to see when the fruits are ripe. Only by slicing this tomato can you fully appreciate its beauty though - lime green outer walls fall way to yellow meat with reddish-pink swirls in the center. Bold, tangy and sweet all in one mouthful. Fruits average between 8-16 ounces.
HISTORY: Millard Murdock, a North Carolina tomato aficionado and artisan breeder, found and stabilized this variety from an unintentional cross of Lucky Crossan unknown (probably dark) tomato which occurred in his garden in 2009. Through generations of selection for stabilization, three additional and equally exceptional varieties were produced - Black Magic (NC), Black Mamba and  First Mate. Captain Lucky is actually a selection from early generations of Black Magic.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: GWR Bi-color
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated - N.C., USA


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Cherokee Lime Tomato
CHEROKEE LIME
Beautiful Green-When-Ripe (GWR) beefsteak tomatoes that are tangy and noticeably sweet (as GWR's are noted for) with the most beautiful rose-colored swirl in the center that extends out to the blossom end of the fruit. Fruits average just under a pound.
HISTORY: Bill Jeffers wrote: I ordered Golden Cherokee from an SSE member via the SSE Yearbook several years ago (IL LO N). I grew 3 plants. One was true Golden Cherokee (deep yellow flesh with red streaks and yellow epidermis), one was what I call Cherokee Lemon (pure yellow w/clear epidermis), and the third plant was yellow flesh with a red blush on blossom end and clear epidermis. I regrew seeds from the pure yellow/clear epidermis off-type and got what we now call Cherokee Lime (pure green-when-ripe with clear epidermis).

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: GWR
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated - USA


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Cherokee Purple tomato
CHEROKEE PURPLE

Large fruits are smooth with slightly ridged shoulders. Ripens to a unique dark, dusky pink/purple color. The brick-red flesh color carries throughout, especially at the stem end. Exceptional flavor is rich and full-bodied; both sweet and smoky. Plants are very productive producing early large crops of 8-16 oz. fruit.

HISTORY: Seed was sent to Craig LeHoullier by John D. Green of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1990 as an unnamed variety. The original letter sent with the seed details that Mr. Green got the variety from a woman who, in turn, received them from her neighbor. The neighbor claimed that they have been in their family for 100 years, originally receiving them from the Cherokee Indians. Craig named the variety and listed it in the SSE yearbook the year after he first grew them (1990). It has since been learned through DNA testing that this variety is not over a hundred years old. But, it makes for a good story.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Purple
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - USA


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Chocolate Stripes tomato
CHOCOLATE STRIPES

Striking dark red, almost brown exteriors are streaked with green stripes. Interior meat is deep reddish-brown. Nearly blemish-free, medium to large fruits, averaging 1 lb., are sometimes ‘typically’ shaped, but more often they are more u-shaped. Deliciously rich complex flavor is very sweet and yet has a full-bodied flavor.

HISTORY: A cross between 'Schimmeig Cregg' and a unknown pink beefsteak, developed by Al Anderson of Covington, Ohio. Also known as "Dark Chocolate Stripes".

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Brown
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated - USA


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Triple L Crop Climbing tomato
CLIMBING TRIP L CROP

I fell in love with this tomato in my 2013 garden. Large ( 1 lb.) dark pink - crimson tomatoes that grow as big as 6 inches across. It has meaty centers with solid divisions. It is by far the most productive tomato, often producing 2 bushels from just one plant. Plants can easily reach 12-18 feet. Tomatoes are mildly flavored and meaty with few seeds. This variety is much more suited to growing in cooler climates.

HISTORY: Breeder and vendor: Burgess Seed and Plant Co., Galesburg, Michigan. Parentage: unknown; probably one of more vigorous strains of potato-leaf Ponderosa type, parent plant found in field of Colossal. Characteristics: strong, climbing potato-leaf vines that are very productive under favorable conditions. Adaptation: same areas as beef-steak types. Burgess Catalog. 1937. (USDA PI 303799).

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN: Commercial heirloom


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Clint Eastwod Rowdy Red
CLINT EASTWOOD'S ROWDY RED

Deep red, round, nearly blemish free, fruits have a characteristic point on the blossom end. Robust flavor with firm, juicy flesh that is sweet in the background, fruity yet balanced with acidity, and complex flavor. Prolific plants produce loads of 3" to 4", 10-12 oz. fruits which are excellent for eating fresh, cooking or canning. Proven resistant to several of the most common tomato diseases: verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, nematodes and tobacco mosaic.

HISTORY: From the TomatoFest website.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated - USA


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Coustralee
COUSTRALEE

A large red beefsteak with some ribbing at the shoulders, grow in clusters of two or three. Fruits are typically about 4 inches across, quite meaty, and smoothly textured. Fruits average 1 lb., but can reach 3 to 4 pounds when properly grown. High yields of superbly tasting fruits. The flavor is intense and pure – neither tart nor sweet, but well-balanced.

HISTORY: A French heirloom given to Seed Savers Exchange  by Norbert Parreira of Hellimer, France.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XL
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom - France


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Dixiewine tomato
DIXIEWINE

This is just one damn good tomato! In my opinion, once word gets out, this will become a staple in America's garden. Not only is it a workhorse, that outperformed in my wretched rain-soaked, cold-then- hot, then water deprived garden, it also had to compete with the roots of a mature maple tree. All of this and it just kept pumping out blemish-free fruits just like the one that you see pictured. If you are a fan of Brandywine this one is for you - way more productive and unbelievable flavor. The healthiest plant in my 2013 garden.

HISTORY: Original cross was made by Bill Jeffers, of Evansville, IN. (Pedigree: Brandywine X Neves Azorean Red). F2 seeds were sent to several folks. Bill Jeffers to Tom Micholas (NJ) > Ray Newstead (CA) > Mike Owen (WA) > then to Marianne Jones. Each grower selected for red fruits, regular leaf plants. Sister line to Texwine and McMurray #10.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated - USA


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Dr. Wyche's Yellow tomato
DR. WYCHE'S YELLOW
BEST TASTING ORANGE!

I was completely impressed with this variety! Fruits are considerably variable in size and shape - averaging just under a pound but several were approaching the two pound mark. They are meaty, firm textured, and excellent flavored. A great slicing tomato. One of the best yellow beafsteaks available.
HISTORY: Originally sent to Craig LeHoullier in 1992 by John D. Green, the same gentleman who sent him 'Cherokee Purple'. Craig was the first to make it available to the general public. Mr. Green stated that Dr. Wyche sent him this variety just before he passed away in 1985. Dr. Wyche had actually called it 'Hot Yellow' but after his passing, and prior to its commercial release, it was renamed in his honor.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate; variable
FRUIT SIZE: Large to EL
FRUIT COLOR: Yellow > Orange
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom, USA


Choose one PLANT:
Eckert's Polish tomato
ECKERT POLISH

High yields of pink beefsteaks are oblate and lightly ribbed; meaty with not too many seeds and good juice. Fruits average between 8 oz. and 1 ½ pounds. Flavor is excellent - more sweet than acidic. Prolific, disease resistant plants. A must try! A keeper!

HISTORY: Heirloom from Poland. Carolyn Male received seeds from Duane Smith in 1991, she then introduced it through Seed Savers Exchange in 1992.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom - Poland


Choose one PLANT:
Eli tomato
ELI

CLASSIC HOMEGROWN FLAVOR!

Large, deep crimson red fruits of superior flavor - 9 out of 10! Above average production, very good disease resistance. Did very well in the hot greenhouse (2016) with little extra care. If red is your go-to colored tomato, make sure you try these!

HISTORY: Seemingly originates from Jerry L. Bosner of Lowell, Ohio (OH BO J) who introduced it via the Seed Savers 1994 Yearbook. Neil Lockhart also grew it and shared seed via the Seed Savers Yearbook beginning in 1999 and each subsequent year after. My seed source is Neil Lockhart.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XLarge
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated; unknown


Choose one PLANT:
Faelan's First Snow / Variegated Cherokee Purple tomato
FAELAN'S FIRST SNOW
VARIEGATED 'CHEROKEE PURPLE'!

The same dusky dark purple fruits we have all come to love only prettier - with creamy white variegated leaves! Variegation is strongest in cooler tempratures, but still remains even in the heat of the summer. I have found that this variety produces nearly fifty percent more fruit than the standard Cherokee Purple. I'm not sure why?
HISTORY: On July 12th, 2011, member "Lochlain" wrote this original post in the Tomato Depot forum. 

"Hi Folks, About a month or so ago I was watering some plants at work (I work at a garden center) and I happened to notice a plant labeled Cherokee Purple which at first glance looked sun scalded...as I moved closer I noticed that it was variegated!

I bought the plant and gave it a nice home in a decent sized container... Large enough for good growth, but small enough so that I could control it's size and move it into the greenhouse or indoors if need be.

I am crossing my fingers and hoping that it grows true to type from seed. In the event that it does grow true to type from seed, I have named this selection 'Faelan's First Snow'. Faelan mean's "young wolf" in Old Irish Gaelic. I must admit that I have a weakness for anything Medieval, from books, to games, to movies. Faelan is one of the character names that I have used in the past in both stories and gaming. The "First Snow" part of the name alludes to the imagery of a light early snow that has fallen on plants that are still green which the variegation reminded me of."

Lochlain shared seed with many folks, including myself. I have grown it on and off since then selecting for the strongest variegation.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Purple
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated











Choose one PLANT:
George's Greek Beefsteak tomato
GEORGE'S GREEK BEEFSTEAK

Notes to myself from 2013: "GROW THIS!" Large (1 lb.+), red, slightly flattened and slightly fluted beefsteaks with above average production in a way below average gardening year. The taste was excellent, too.

HISTORY: Tatiana Kouchnareva received seed from her co-worker Tina Exarchoulis, of Vancouver, BC in 2005, it in her garden in  2006 and then offered it in the 2007 SSE Yearbook. Tina said that her Dad (George Exarchoulis) has been growing this tomato for many years in his garden in Vancouver, BC, and that he brought the original seeds with him when he immigrated to Canada from Greece. George did not know the name of this variety, as he has only been growing two tomato varieties, this large beefsteak and a cherry, and he said he usually referred to it as a "Large Red", but suggested to name it "George's Greek Beefsteak".

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XLarge
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom/OP - Canada via Greece


Choose one PLANT:
Gold Medal tomato
GOLD MEDAL
Orange and yellow splashed with pink fruits are heavily marbled with red inside and out. Good production of 8 - 12 oz. (and sometimes to 1 lb. or more). Ben wrote: “The sweetest tomato you ever tasted. The yellow with streaks of red makes them very attractive and a gourmet’s joy when sliced.” Winner of the 2008 SSE Tomato Tasting.
HISTORY: Introduced as Ruby Gold by John Lewis Childs of Floral Park, New York, in his 1921 catalog. Ben Quisenberry renamed it Gold Medal and listed it in his 1976 catalog.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Bi-Color / Yellow
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom/OP - USA


Choose one PLANT:
Golden Pineapple tomato
GOLDEN PINEAPPLE
BEST TASTING BICOLOR TO DATE!

The first time I tasted this beauty in the summer of 2016, I was literally blown away. To be far, I like a sweet tomato - but this was all-round yumminess! Plants are vigorous and provide plenty of large yellow and red bicolored beefsteaks! Perfect for slicing or making a fresh fruit-added salsa!
HISTORY: Unknown. Could be a re-named strain of 'Pineapple'. Legendary tomato grower and currator, Neil Lockhart, of Oblong, Illinois listed it in many Seed Savers Yearbooks as 'Golden Pineapple'.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to Extra-large
FRUIT COLOR: Bi-Color / Yellow
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom/OP - USA


Choose one PLANT:
Great Divide tomato
GREAT DIVIDE

Outstanding, near blemish-free red fruits that average around 1/2 of a pound, but can go substantially larger. One of the best red beefsteaks around. Distinctively rich old-fashioned tomato flavor. This should be a staple in everyone’s garden.

HISTORY: Bred by Joe Bratka's father. Joe found the seeds in glass jars in a tool shed on their/his property, could not germinate any of them and sent seeds to Carolyn Male (NY MA C), who succeeded in germinating the seed. Carolyn Male offered the seeds at Garden Web in 2005, giving non-SSE members access to this great variety, which deserves wider recognition.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated - USA


Choose one PLANT:
Great White Beefsteak tomato
GREAT WHITE BEEFSTEAK

Large, 1 lb., creamy pale yellowish - white fruits are superbly wonderful. The flesh is so good and deliciously fruity; it reminds one of a mixture of fresh exotic fruits, yet retaining enough acid to make your taste buds take notice. Fruit are smoother than most large beefsteak types, and yields can be very high.

HISTORY: This fine variety was developed by the now defunct Gleckler’s Seedsman. They stated on their  website: “This tomato was a mutation grown out of a packet of an orange ox heart type seed we received from a gardener to try in the 1980's, which only one plant came to produce a large white tomato that resembled a beefsteak tomato."

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: White
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated - USA


Choose one PLANT:
Guido
GUIDO

Another standout in my far from perfect 2013 garden. Wispy-leaved plants with above average production of meaty, juicy, deep crimson colored fruits averaging around a pound; Very, very tasty. Still fairly unknown and only available by a few small seed vendors.

 HISTORY: There is no known history of this variety other than it was originally offered via the SSE Yearbook in 2007 by now deceased Dan and Val McMurray of Wynndel, BC, Canada, who got the seeds from R.R. Bruijn, The Netherlands.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular, wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Sauce
ORIGIN: Open-Pollinated


Choose one PLANT:
Irish Pink tomato
IRISH PINK

Pink beefsteaks averaging just under a pound are produced in profusion. I was really impressed with the production on this plant. And for such a large tomato, they come on early, too.

A classic tomato that is perfect for burgers, or slicing. Superior flavor.

HISTORY:  Randy Sine of West Virginia, who is a tomato aficionado and excellent backyard breeder, introduced this tomato to the 'world', via Seed Savers Exchange. The following are his words: "My friend Tom Edwards got this when he worked on a summer job for plummers. They were of Irish descent and had this tomato from their grandfather. Tom is in his late 60s and he got the tomato as a teenager so it's been around for a while. It's a PL pink beefsteak with thin skinned blemish free fruit. The fruit averages about 12 oz. You know how sometimes you might want something a little different. Well, that's what this one is. I guess the tomato tasters at work like something different because it came in 4th last year."

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - Ireland > W.V, USA


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Italian Heirloom tomato
ITALIAN HEIRLOOM

Red fruits averaging a pound are produced in abundance. Green shoulders fade as the fruit matures. Excellent full tomato flavor. Very good disease resistance. Ideal for slicing and processing.

 This one just kept pumping out the tomatoes last summer (2012) and didn't seem to be effected by the drought or crazy temperature fluctuations.

HISTORY: Italian heirloom. SSE tomato 642.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XL
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - Italy


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Kellogg's Breakfast tomato
KELLOGG'S BREAKFAST

Large, 1 -2 lb., true orange beefsteaks are thin-skinned, meaty, with few seeds and a fantastic balance of sweetness and tanginess. Juice and inside flesh have the same bright orange color as orange juice. Winner of many taste tests.

HISTORY: Originated via Darrell Kellogg of Redford, Michigan. It was shared with, and introduced to Seed Savers Exchange by, long time member Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin, in 1993, who received his seed from Darrell.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XL
FRUIT COLOR: Orange
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated - USA


Choose one PLANT:
Kickapoo Creek tomato
KICKAPOO CREEK

Thick-stemmed, large and robust plants produce potentially softball-sized pink fruits that are slightly ribbed from stem to blossom end. They are very meaty, with balanced juice. Sweet, great flavor. Plants produce mid-season, but really come into their own later in the season. Every year I am amazed when I am in the garden cleaning up for the winter, and this plant is still loaded with beautiful unblemished fruits. Perfect for the last minute canning. This is great all-round tomato. Use it for slicing fresh, juice or sauce. A reliable cold-hardy cultivar.

HISTORY: In the spring of 2010, I received two plants from a gentleman who owns a vineyard in Edward, Illinois, called Kickapoo Creek Winery. He was given four plants from one of his seasonal workers, who spoke very little English, only saying that her family back in Germany had been growing them for years. I feel fortunate to have received them as they are an excellent example of why heirlooms are so important for so many reasons. Since I know no other history, I've decided to call this tomato 'Kickapoo Creek'.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XL
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - Germany


Choose one PLANT:
Kozula 24 tomato
KOZULA 24

TOP 5 Best Tasting tomato of 2015!

"Favorite! Robust and super flavorful."
"Strong acid flavor, with a sweet finish."

Medium-sized fruits on highly productive plants that seem to be rather disease resistant, at least according to their performance in my 2015 garden, where they were left to their own devices - literally. They were not staked, caged nor trellised and were given zero attention after initial planting. Plants are compact (4 ft) and produced a ton of fruit at the end of the season when the weather cooled down. 

HISTORY: In 2010, Anna Jankowska, a well-known tomato breeder in Poland known as "Kozula" on various tomato internet boards, released a large amount of her own crosses to the general public in various stages of stabilization. The original cross for Kozula 24 was from Pink FfCopia. More information regarding the initial release can be read here.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Dark Pink, green stripes
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated via Poland



 
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Marge tomato
MARGE
TOP FIVE FLAVOR in 2016!

I'm always trying to get folks to try something other than another red tomato, but it's near impossible to steer you away from this one. Smooth, classic and well-balanced flavor. Seemingly drought resistant and disease resistant. Fruits are variable in size and shape about average 1/2lb.
HISTORY: A family heirloom from SE Michigan. Two very nice ladies who volunteered in the greenhouse in the spring of 2016 brought over seeds for this variety telling me that the only thing they new about it was that one of the gals neighbor had an Aunt Marge that grew these for 'years and years'.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Variable
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-pollinated


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Marianna's Peace tomato
MARIANNA'S PEACE

Beautiful, pink fruits average around one pound, plus or minus. Dense, creamy, sweet flesh with rich complex flavors. Good to very good production, when grown well. The shoulders of the fruit are the last to ripen, don't pick it green - wait until the entire fruit is pink for peak flavor!

HISTORY: A family heirloom that dates back to at least the 1900s, the seeds were brought to America during WW II from Bohemia, Czechoslovakia. Further information can be found here.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  USA via Czechoslovakia


Choose one PLANT:
Maribor Peace tomato
MARIBOR

TOP FIVE in 2016!

Excellent, smooth, sweet, smokey well-balanced flavor literally stopped me in my tracks and caused me to pause, "Wow! This is really, really good!"

Dark mahogany, medium-sized fruits with dark olive green shoulders. Dark pink flesh is equal parts meat and juice. This is a really great tomato and not one you will find anywhere else.

HISTORY: Unknown. I received the original seed from Joesph Simcox in 2014. Maribor is a city in Slovenia.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-pollinated


Choose one PLANT:
Martha's Italian Heirloom tomato
MARTHA'S ITALIAN HEIRLOOM

Top 5 best tasting tomato of 2015! And the most pre-ordered variety at Tomato Fest 2015!

Classic old world tomato flavor. Large beefsteaks, on wispy-leaved plants thrived with the extra heat provided by being grown up against the greenhouse. See the plants over my shoulder in the photo? That's them!

HISTORY: Seeds were given to Mrs. Martha Clark (87 years old as of 2015) of Madison Heights, MI by her next door neighbor Mrs. Maria Desantis.

The Desantis purchased their home in Madison Heights, MI in the early 1940's after emigrating from Italy. In 1947, Mr. & Mrs. Desantis returned to Italy, bringing back seeds of this variety with them. They grew it every year afterwards. Both now deceased, their grandson now resides in there (2015).

When the Clarks bought the home immediately next to the Desantis in 1976, Martha recalls Maria's tomato plants would end up climbing over their shared fence. Soon afterwards, Martha began growing them in her own garden (1978) and has grown them every year since, calling them 'my favorite tomato'.

I learned of this variety from Jim Clark, Martha's son who visited the greenhouse in early spring 2015. I was truly blessed when Jim brought me four of Martha's seedlings (two Italian heirlooms, and two Sunburst) a few days later. I gave them prime location next to the greenhouse and featured Martha and her 'Italian heirloom' on August 22, 2015 at the first Annual Tomato Fest. Here's a picture of Mrs. Martha Clark and myself from that day.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY:
Mid-season
LEAF TYPE:
Regular / Wispy
FRUIT CLASS:
Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE:
Oblate
FRUIT SIZE:
Large
FRUIT COLOR:
Red
USE:
Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:
Italian heirloom











Choose one PLANT:
Monastery tomato
MONASTERY

Great big (1 lb) red beefsteaks with excellent classic old-time flavor are born in profusion on rather polite plants. They are seemingly disease and drought resistant from my observations. Aside of the quality, I was most impressed with the amount of fruits these plants produce - really impressive for such a large beefsteak.

Size of fruits varied throughout the season, with some being 3/4 of a pound to several being well over a pound.

HISTORY: Unknown. I obtained seed via a trade with a person only known to me as "Treecross". She (?) stated this: "This is a huge beefsteak, the largest tomato we grew last year. Unfortunately, I lost the paperwork with the delightful 100 year old story of monks and the monastery this came from when the seeds were originally given to me. Regardless, it was a delightful addition to our community garden and produced large, juicy red beefsteaks to donate to our local food pantry. I did keep the few you see in pictures to enjoy myself and to save seeds for next year. If I ever run across the information hiding somewhere in my stacks of files, I will post in any upcoming auctions of this."

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XL
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated



Choose one PLANT:
Mortgage Lifter, Radiator Charlie's tomato
MORTGAGE LIFTER, RADIATOR CHARLIE'S

It took me a long time to find the right seed source for this one. 8-16 oz. pink fruits are slightly flattened, meaty with few seeds and extra good flavor. Disease and drought resistant.

What impressed me the most with this variety was how prolific they are. The photo is just an example of how many ripe fruits are on the vine at any given time. A must grow!

HISTORY: Copied directly from the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange website: [Developed by M.C. Byles in the 1930s and released to SESE in 1985.] A legendary tomato always in demand in the Mid-Atlantic states. The following history is based on portions of our 1985 taped interview with M.C. Byles who developed this tomato in the early 1930s while in Logan, WV. Mr. Byles is affectionately known as “Radiator Charlie.” He earned that nickname from the radiator-repair business he opened at the foot of a steep hill on which trucks would often overheat. Radiator Charlie had no formal education or plant-breeding experience, yet he created this legendary tomato by cross-breeding four of the largest-fruited tomatoes he could find: German Johnson, Beefsteak, an Italian variety, and an English variety. One of the four varieties was planted in the middle of a circle. Then, using a baby’s ear syringe, he cross-pollinated the center plant with pollen from the circle of tomatoes. Next year he selected the best seedlings: he planted the best seedling in the center and the rest in a circle around it. The pollination and selection process was repeated six more years until he had a stable variety. After Charlie developed and named this large tasty tomato he sold plants for $1 each (in the 1940s) and paid off the $6000 mortgage on his house in 6 years. Each spring, gardeners drove as far as 200 miles to buy Charlie’s seedling tomatoes.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XL
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - West Virginia








Choose one PLANT:
Northern Lights tomato
NORTHERN LIGHTS

A beautiful yellow with pink interior beefsteak. Some fruits turn almost entirely pink on the blossom when dead ripe. Meaty and nearly coreless, with good juice ratio. Fruits average 1 pound each. The favor is excellent; favored by chefs. They make a stunning display when sliced.

HISTORY: Believed to have originated in Oaxaca, Mexico.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Yellow bicolor
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated- Mexico


Choose one PLANT:
Palmira's Northern Italian
PALMIRA'S NORTHERN-ITALIAN HEIRLOOM

Classic, red fruits, on vigorous plants which produce loads of tomatoes -you'll only need a couple of plants if you intend to make your own sauce! Good, solid tomato taste, slightly more acidic than sweet, with few blemishes. Very vigorous, and very productive.

HISTORY: Introduced by 'Skip', who described it as follows: “I secured this most unusual large, red beefsteak tomato from a charming Italian lady at our local trash and treasure market. She told me that this tomato originated in northern Italy. That was all she could tell me, and being called Palmira, I have named it after her. The fruits are not sweet, more like Ray’s Greek (which I have also put into circulation) that has proved so popular with all who have grown it. Another excellent heirloom tomato.”

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  OP/Heirloom - Italy


Choose one PLANT:
Paul Robeson tomato
PAUL ROBESON

AMAZING FLAVOR PROFILE!

This tomato has almost a cult following among seed collectors and tomato connoisseurs who simply cannot get enough of its amazing flavor. Black beefsteaks about the size of tennis balls, are mostly round, but some are slightly flattened. Deep, rich coloration - dusky, dark-red, with dark-green shoulders, and red flesh which is so distinctive, sweet and smoky. Originating from Siberia, it sets fruits at lower temperatures, making it an excellent choice for cooler growing regions.

HISTORY: This Russian variety was named in honor of the famous black opera singer star of King Solomon's Mines (1937). Paul Robeson was also a Russian Equal Rights Advocate for Blacks. His artistry was admired world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - Russia


Choose one PLANT:
Pink Siberian Tiger tomato
PINK SIBERIAN TIGER
BEST OF 2016!

Potentially too beautiful to eat! However, you'd really be missing out as this is one awesome tomato. Much more depth than a typical pink, with good acid and balanced sugar. Fruits hover around 8 - 12 ounces, and are nearly coreless, with good production on strong vines.  Truly excellent. A solid 9.5
HISTORY: This tomato was developed from an F2 line from a 'P20' ('OSU Blue') X 'Beauty King' cross made by Mark McCaslin of Frogsleap Farm.

Dean Slater and Blane Horton got F3 seed in 2011, from which Blane found an unstable, but gorgeous F4 or F5 plant [in 2013], that had prominent anthocyanin fruit stripes (Aft/Fs) on a red-orange fruit. Dean coined the nickname Siberian Tiger as it looked like tiger stripes, and a photo of which was posted everywhere – and got everyone talking about “Siberian Tiger”.

Blane sent me some of his F4 or F5 (wasn't indicated) seed in 2013 and I've been growing out several plants each year since. My selection is now stable and has be re-named "Pink Siberian Tiger".

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate; variable
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Anthocyanin / Pink
USE: Fresh, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-pollinated




Choose one PLANT:
Porkchop tomato
PORKCHOP
Top 3 best tasting tomato of 2015!

This was a sleeper in my 2015 garden. It grew out at the very back on the edge of the garden where it got no love or attention until it got tasted... wow! Sweet tomato flavor with hints of citrus overtones.

True yellow fruits with light green stripes that fade to gold as the fruit matures (a great visual indicator of ripeness, I might add!). Medium sized, slightly flattened fruits for the most part, but some were quite large.

Very good to excellent production on seemingly disease and drought proof vines. 
HISTORY: An open-pollinated [sure to become heirloom] created by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Yellow
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  OP - California, USA


Choose one PLANT:
Pruden's Purple, True Variety tomato
PRUDEN'S PURPLE, TRUE VARIETY

Rivals Brandywine!

Large fruits, which are slightly ribbed, averaging 1 lb, are not really purple, but rather a deep pink with crimson interior flesh. Almost seedless, smooth skinned fruits are of excellent flavor – a nice tart bite that overlays the sweet to create a balanced, intensely ‘tomato’ flavor.

Very tasty, very productive and early for a large beefsteak! Tolerant of cool weather and otherwise challenging conditions. I have a friend you who can not eat any other raw tomato without getting ulcers except for Pruden's Purple - that's how creamy this one is!


HISTORY
:
An heirloom tomato, which dates to 19th century. Could originate from Ontario, Canada.  SSE Tomato 2505 (seed source).

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate, Round
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom


Choose one PLANT:
Puszta Kolosz (Pusta Kolox) tomato
PUSZTA KOLOSZ

Extra-large stout vines, with dense foliage produce bountiful harvests of huge, red-orange fruits that average between 1.5 lbs. and 2 lbs. Fruit is almost solid meat with few seeds. The flavor is outstanding - wonderfully sweet and mild yet balanced acid. This variety is not easy to find (anywhere), and I don't use this expression lightly. The beautiful woman in the photo is Barb Crown of Harsens Island, MI. Wondering what it weighed? Two and a half pounds!

HISTORY: Originally from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania. Many Hungarians live in Romania and the name ‘Puszta’ means 'prairie' in Hungarian. 'Kolosz' is the Hungarian name for Cluj.
(PHOTO CREDIT: George Crown)

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid to Late-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XL
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - Romania


Choose one PLANT:
Rose de Bern Tomato
ROSE DE BERNE
High yields of dark pink, unblemished globes which average 6-10 oz. Flesh is robust with a rich sweetness. Thin skinned, but not to the point of making them fragile. Plants are very prolific and seemingly disease resistant, at least to Late Blight.

In many ways Rose de Berne is the Brandywine of continental Europe, has many strains, and is considered to be the most famous and flavorful tomato by many in France, Germany & Switzerland.
HISTORY: A French heirloom formerly registered in the French catalog of the GNIS. Tatiana offers this insight: Some sources indicate that it is from Switzerland, probably because Bern (or Berne, to use the French spelling) is the capital city of Switzerland. There is an apple variety from Switzerland called "Rose de Berne", and this variety is known in France. Some may speculate that this is where the tomato name came from, as it resembles the apple in shape and color.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Salad
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Slicing, Salsa, Sauce
ORIGIN: Heirloom - France > Swiss

 

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Sgt Peppers tomato
SGT PEPPERS

I am so pleased to finally be able to offer these! Last year at Tomato Fest, many folks noticed them growing in the garden and couldn't believe their eyes -- Is that really blue???

I have had the privilege of participating in the growing out and final selections of this intentional cross made by my friend, Tollie Jason Haynes, of Seaside Seeds, located on the shore board of Virginia.

I've grown a fair amount of tomato varieties (close to 1000) and very few stick out in my mind like Sgt. Peppers does. It is unique in so many ways - from the time that the seed pops its head out of the soil to the moment you slice open a ripe fruit...

I'll start at the beginning: Seedling stems are a very deep purple coloration. The deeply serrated leaves (commonly referred to as 'wispy-leaved') look fragile and graceful. Plants appear to be gangly, like a new fawn trying to keep their legs under themselves. But don't be deceived, these are robust plants and will produce through to killing frost.

In the garden, under the bright sun, most of the purple stems will fade to green, except those that are protected and shaded. Fruits come on early, and are the most beautiful pale green with vivid dark violet shoulders that drip downwards over the fruits in no particular pattern except for where the sun has shone the brightest on them.

This variety is sun-loving and will progress quickly, producing stunning large (1lb +/-) dark pink hearts which are meaty and juicy and fragrant and mellow with just the right amount of zing. Sliced, interior flesh is dark rose-pink.

Plants produce a stunning amount of fruit, leaving plenty to impress and share with your friends and neighbors.

HISTORY:  An intentional created open-pollinated cross made by Tollie Jason Haynes of Seaside Seeds. Parentage: [A pink version / off-type of] German Red Strawberry X OSU Blue.

 Detailed breeding information can be read here.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated - USA













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Spudatula tomato
SPUDATULA

Previously known as 'Black from Tula Potato Leaf'. Same delicious outstanding, rich, slightly salty, smoky-fruity flavor on potato leaved vines. Many people are discovering that potato-leaved plants are inherently more disease resistant. There is no scientific proof at this time, but it is suggested that the increased amount of foliage better enables the plant to outgrow / outpace the disease progression.  8-12 oz. purple-black fruit, with dark green shoulders, and of course, excellent flavor.

HISTORY:  Discovered by Darrel Jones, owner of Selected Plants in his Alabama garden in 2002 from a packet of Black from Tula seed he had purchased from Chuck Wyatt (deceased; owner of Heirloom Tomatoes). Darrel found 3 potato leaf seedlings, with all the rest being regular leaf. He grew out the three plants and thought the potato leaf variants were an excellent tomato. In 2005, he shared some seeds with Bill Malin of Milford, MI,  who has been collecting potato leaf tomatoes for over thirty years. Bill grew them out and later offered them via the SSE Yearbook.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Medium to large
FRUIT COLOR: Black
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated


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Tiffen mennonite tomato
TIFFEN MENNONITE

Large, 1 pound, 5 ½ inch, pink fruits are variable in shape - some with ribs, some more of a flattened globe. It is the flavor, though, that makes this variety so superior – sweet and richly complex. It is favored by many over ‘Brandywine’ due to its earlier maturity and larger production.

HISTORY: An heirloom variety from the Mennonites of Wisconsin. First introduced to Seed Savers Exchange in 1985 by Thane H. Earle of Whitewater, Wisconsin.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate, variable
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - WI, USA


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Vinson Watts tomato
VINSON WATTS

This tomato has proven to be quite popular with many people. A large pink beefsteak, with old fashion tomato flavor - excellent balance of sugars and acids. Creamy and meaty. Extremely disease resistant and heat tolerant.

** Here's a great blog post about Mr. Watts and his tomato's BFF.

HISTORY: Prior to his death in March, 2008, Vinson Watts (Morehead, KY) improved his namesake tomato for fifty-two summers. The original seed was from Lee County, Virginia and given to him by his work supervisor, Wilson Evans, at Berea College, KY.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom, US KY-VA


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Virginia Sweets tomato
VIRGINIA SWEETS

This is a beautiful tomato. And it's really big - at least one pounders. You'd think that this would limit its production, but it doesn't, they come on with a vengeance, albeit later in the season. This is great for those of you canning, because you just can't get the depth in sauces, or chili, without adding in different colored tomatoes! Yellow epidermis, bright yellow flesh, red blushing on outside, with a hint of blush in the meat. Almost all meat, no core, very few seeds with little juice.

HISTORY: SSE TOMATO 2159. A US heirloom.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Bicolor
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom, USA


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Vorlon tomato
VORLON

How can you lose with this parentage*? Vigorous vines with heavy yields of 8-16 oz. purple fruits with glossy green shoulders. Skin is clear with green striped shoulders showing through on it. Excellent flavor! Dense, meaty flesh with a very little core. Seed cavities are along the outside edge and contain many seeds surrounded by green gel with lots of juice.

HISTORY: *Stabilized accidental cross between Cherokee Purple and Pruden's Purple that appeared in the garden of Joe Fisher of Winterport, Maine (ME FI J) in 1998. Said to be named for the enigmatic alien race of the television program Babylon 5.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate, flattened
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Purple
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated - USA


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Watson Giant tomato
WATSON GIANT

Look at the size of that whopper! It weighed in at 1 lb. 15.2 ounces. The tomato in the photo was one of the first fruits of the season; it is common for the fruit sizes to decrease as the season progresses. Don't get me wrong, these are big 'maters! Plants are very productive and fruits are BIG on flavor!

HISTORY:  I got this variety from a friend in the UK, who enjoys growing giant tomatoes. The only information I can find on this variety is that this seed came from a line that produced a very large tomato for Mr. Watson. It is common in the Giant Vegetable growing arena to track seeds by the persons last name and weight (ex: 3.55 Watson)

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XXL
FRUIT COLOR: Red
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated


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White Queen tomato
WHITE QUEEN

The favorite white variety of many tomato collectors. A very nice tomato, fruit have one of the best flavors of all tomatoes, being fragrant, fruity and intensely sweet. Creamy white fruits average around 8 ounces. Meaty, yet balanced juice. A productive variety that has become very rare.

I took this to an informal Tomato Testing Event here in my hometown and it came in second place (2013)!

HISTORY: PI 645048 Said to have been introduced in 1882 by A.W. Livingston. Commercially offered in 1941 by the Earl May Seed Co.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: White
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN: Old commercial heirloom


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Wisconsin Gold 55 tomato
WISCONSIN GOLD 55

4 - 8 ounce, round, sometimes slightly elongated dark orange fruits with firm flesh yet are also juicy. These have proven to be cold tolerant with good disease resistance. And excellent choice for folks that grow for home processing.

HISTORY: An orange sport of Wisconsin 55, preserved for over 50 years by one man. This splendid cultivar represents some of the last focused open-pollinated tomato breeding done at the University of Wisconsin in the early 1950's by J.C. Walker, who was actually a plant pathologist.

Please read this first hand accounting of this truly remarkable story, written by a long-time seed saver and a man of great tomato knowledge.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Medium
FRUIT COLOR: Orange
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Heirloom - USA


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Zebra Heart tomato
ZEBRA HEART

While the history is shaky, one thing is certain for sure - this is a stunning tomato! Considered a GWR (Green When Ripe), the skin is technicolor - lemon, lime and pink stripes over interior flesh  which is primarily light lime green. Flavor is excellent - a surprise with a lot of sugars and some acid to make it very aromatic.

I can say with a fair amount of confidence that you will not find this variety offered anywhere else in the world - in 2015. Now, that won't be true for 2016 as I dispersed seed throughout the US this fall/winter.

HISTORY: A bee cross which appeared on an Ohio farm about 2000 (assumed to be John Siegel of Covington, OH), later distributed and /or stabilized by Al Anderson of Troy, OH.

GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
MATURITY: Mid-season
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate, variable
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Green When Ripe
USE: Fresh, Juice, Sauce
ORIGIN:  Open-Pollinated - USA


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