Limbaugh’s Legacy Potato Top

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Limbaugh’s Legacy Potato Top
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type potato
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape oblate
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type family heirloom, open-pollinated
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Limbaugh's Legacy Potato Top - sliced fruit. 2014-08-24.


Indet., potato leaf plants. Large and smooth pink beefsteaks shaped like Brandywine tomato. 8-16 oz. Meaty, with smooth texture and delicious flavor. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Al Anderson of Troy, Ohio (OH AN A) 08

Year grown: 2014

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


95 days, indet., potato leaf plant, 1 lb fruit, good taste, good yield.

Seed source:

Glenn Drowns of Calamus, Iowa (IA DR G) 94 / John P. Rahart of Saratoga, Wyoming (WY RA J) 83

Year grown:

Location: Oblong, Illinois


80-85 days, indet., potato leaf plants, 10-18 oz pink flattened globes, good flavor.

Seed source:

Sand Hill Preservation Center 06

Year grown: 2007

Location: Bastrop, Texas


  • A family heirloom that originated from Fred Limbaugh of Robinson, Pennsylvania. Fred's father and grandfather raised it in the 1930s.
  • The original name of this tomato was Potato Top, but it was later renamed to Limbaugh’s Legacy Potato Top by Doug Oster to honor Fred Limbaugh after his death (February 2008).
  • Doug Oster met Fred Limbaugh in 2000. Fred had been giving away the plants to friends and family for years, as he wanted to share this wonderful big pink meaty tomatoes, and of course he shared some plants with Doug.
  • In the mid-2000s, Doug Oster continued Fred's project of spreading this tomato around, and he started giving away the seeds of 'Potato Top' with the condition that gardeners send him some seeds at the end of the season so he would have more the next year to keep the program going. Doug said he "wanted everyone to taste it and hoped that by sharing the seed, we could guarantee the survival of this tomato with potato-like foliage for a long time. Every year the project grew, expanding from Western Pennsylvania to other states and eventually to many other countries. One summer, I got 140,000 seeds back from readers all over the world."
  • See detailed story at The Backyard Gardener: Gardener's legacy lives on in plants (March 01, 2008, by Doug Oster, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 1993 Yearbook by John P. Rahart of Saratoga, Wyoming (WY RA J), listed as Pink Potato Top.

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Year Commercial Vendors Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings) Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)
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2015 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - new . .
2014 Diane's Flower Seeds
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2013 Delectation of Tomatoes - new
Knapp's Fresh Vegies
Sand Hill Preservation Center - sold out for 2013
3 .
2012 4 1
2011 Knapp's Fresh Vegies (as Fred Limbaugh Potato Top)
Sand Hill Preservation Center - not available for 2011
5 1
2010 Knapp's Fresh Vegies - new (as Fred Limbaugh Potato Top)
4 + 1 (as Limbaugh's Potato Top) .
2009 TomatoFest - new 4 .
2008 4 .
2007 Sand Hill Preservation Center 3 .

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