Aker's West Virginia

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Aker's West Virginia
Maturity late
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type family heirloom
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Aker's West Virginia - ripe fruit. 2015-08-18.

B.C KO T

Indet., large regular leaf plant, large red beefsteak tomatoes up to 1 lb, excellent well balanced flavor, no cracking; a must grow for everyone who likes old-fashioned tomato flavor. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Howard C. Essl of Bethesda, Maryland (MD ES H) 07 / Carolyn Male of Salem, New York (NY MA C) 97 / Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) / Carl Aker, Pennsylvania

Year grown: 2007, 2015

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


MAN ST T

A delicious old heirloom from West Virginia. The deep red oblate beefsteak type fruit average 10 ounces and have excellent taste, on the tangy side. Good old-fashioned flavor that is perfect for a tomato sandwich or sliced. The gorgeous fruit are usually blemish free. Indeterminate, regular leaf foliage.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Heritage Harvest Seed

Year grown:

Location: Carman, Manitoba, Canada


MI FL J

Large vines need caging or staking, 90 days, moderate production of large (about 1 lb) meaty and juicy red fruit with very good rich flavor.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C)

Year grown: 2003

Location: Augusta, Michigan


IL LO N

85 days, indet., regular leaf plant with good yield of 1-1.25 lb beefsteak fruit, very good taste.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) 97

Year grown:

Location: Oblong, Illinois


TX AN S

85 days, indet., regular leaf plant with avg to high production of 10-16 oz red beefsteaks, very good flavor.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Marianna's Heirloom Seeds 04

Year grown:

Location: Bastrop, Texas


GERM SC K

red tomato, indet.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / TomatoFest

Year grown: 2011

Location: Quitzdorf am See, Germany


History

  • Family heirloom from West Virginia, from Carl Aker, Pennsylvania. Since 1993, Carl Aker has shared heirloom tomato varieties with Craig LeHoullier, and in 1996, Carl sent Craig some seeds labeled simply "West Virginia"; Craig amended the name to "Aker's West Virginia" to avoid confusion with other listed SSE tomatoes named "West Virginia."
  • First appeared in Seed Savers 1997 Yearbook listed by Craig LeHoullier (NC LE C) and Carolyn Male (NY MA C).
  • This is one of the 100 heirloom tomatoes mentioned in Carolyn J. Male's book "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden".
  • Seven commercial sources noted for 2004 in the Garden Seed Inventory 6th edition.

Other varieties originating from Carl Aker



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Delectation of Tomatoes - new
Full Circle Seeds
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Tomato Growers Supply
TomatoFest
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2012 Casey's Heirloom Tomatoes of Airdrie
Sand Hill Preservation Center - unavailable for 2012
Tomato Growers Supply
6
2011 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - sold out for 2011
Casey's Heirloom Tomatoes of Airdrie
Full Circle Seeds
Heritage Harvest Seed
Marianna's Heirloom Seeds
Reimer Seeds
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Tomato Growers Supply *
TomatoFest
7 0
2010 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds
Casey's Heirloom Tomatoes of Airdrie
Full Circle Seeds
Heritage Harvest Seed
Marianna's Heirloom Seeds
Reimer Seeds
Sand Hill Preservation Center - sold out for 2010
Tomato Growers Supply
TomatoFest
8 .
2009 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds
Casey's Heirloom Tomatoes of Airdrie
Full Circle Seeds
Heritage Harvest Seed
Marianna's Heirloom Seeds
Tomato Growers Supply
TomatoFest
8 .
2008 Heritage Harvest Seed
Marianna's Heirloom Seeds
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Tomato Growers Supply
TomatoFest
8 .
2007 Marianna's Heirloom Seeds
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Tomato Growers Supply
TomatoFest
7 .


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