|Variety type||commercial heirloom, historic, open-pollinated|
- Relatively compact indet., regular leaf plants are only up to 4-5' tall. Fruits are smooth, pink, round and oblate medium beefsteaks, 4-6 oz, meaty and juicy, very good balanced flavor. Very productive. Quite early for a large fruited tomato.
- Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 07 / Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) / USDA Collection 94
Year grown: 2014
- Moderate (4-5 ft) vines need caging or staking, plant is highly branched near the base and it lacks a central main stem. It is a moderate producer of irregular size (4-10 oz) and shaped pink fruits with green shoulders. They have good flavor but are quite prone to cracking in wet weather.
- Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) / USDA Collection 94
Year grown: 2003
Location: Augusta, Michigan
- Alpha Pink is a historically important variety that dates back to 1914. It was introduced by the Isbell Seed Company.
- The catalog description from 1914 says:
- "The earliest pink in cultivation. As early as Spark's Earliana. Outyields all others."
- "Since the Introduction of our Earlibell (the earliest red in cultivation), growers of extra early Tomatoes for certain markets have said to us: "You have the best extra early red Tomato, but our market demands a pink, or as it is sometimes called, a purple sort. "
- "We are very glad, therefore, to offer the Alpha Pink, and do not hesitate to claim that it is the Earliest Pink or Purple Tomato in circulation. The color is same as the well-known Acme or Beauty."
- "In addition to its extreme earliness, it is much superior to Earliana in table quality, in handsome shape and attractiveness. The plants are of such vigorous growth that the finest fruits are produced, both extra early and until frost. One large grower uses this variety exclusively and makes but a single planting too. The flavor is free from acidity, particularly sweet and pleasant to eat raw. The fruits are set in generous clusters of large fine specimens, and like our Earlibell, it is characteristic of Alpha Pink to ripen nearly every one in cluster at the same time. "
- "One grower says that he "will drop Earliana and plant Alpha Pink only. Another writes that Alpha Pink ripened 7 days sooner than Earliana."
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), PI 644869. Accession number NSL 26880. It was donated to the USA in 1963.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Alpha Pink - baby fruit. 2014-06-20.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Alpha Pink - ripe fruit. 2014-07-28.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Alpha Pink - ripe fruit. 2014-08-04.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Alpha Pink - ripe fruit. 2014-08-09.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Alpha Pink - ripe fruit. 2014-08-17.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Alpha Pink - sliced fruit. 2014-07-28.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Alpha Pink - sliced fruit. 2014-08-04.
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Alpha Pink - sliced fruit. 2014-08-09.
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|2015||Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - new||.||.|
|2014||Victory Seed Company - new||.||.|
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