Toedebusch Pink

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Toedebusch Pink
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type potato
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type


The tomatoes are large, well-shaped, and meaty. I will need to grow it several more seasons before deciding on flavor. This summer was very wet and somewhat cool and under those conditions the tomato was on the mild side. Mrs. Toedebusch was correct in stating that the fruits don't have a lot of seeds. The epidermis is clear. The plant is potato-leaved. For me it was a mid season tomato (I planted out the first week in May and harvested the first tomatoes in the first week of August).
Kevin Jerome, Missouti 2008

Year: 2008

Location: Labadie, Missouri, USA


Large 1-3 lb pink oblate beefsteaks. Indet., potato leaf 6-8' plants. Six plants averaged 14 fruit per plant. Mid/late season - 80 days.
Ruth Tenbrink, Missouri 09

Year: 2010, 2011

Location: LaFollette, Tennessee, USA


  • Discovered by Ruth TenBrink of Labadie, Missouri in 2008. Seeds were received from Ruth's colleague, Kevin Jerome, in January, 2008, from seed he saved from a tomato given to him by his wife’s great aunt, Evelyn Toedebusch. Mrs. Toedebusch celebrated her 90th birthday in the fall of 2008. Ruth got her address from Kevin and wrote her a letter asking her about the history of the tomato, including some questions to aid her in best describing the history of the variety. This was the response that Ruth received:
    • Mrs. Toedebusch first became aware of the tomato between 1960 and 1965 and first grew it in 1965. Her uncle by marriage received it from his folks. “It was brought over from Germany in the 1800’s.” Her uncle lived between Steelville and Cuba, Missouri. His name was William Schroeder. He sold tomatoes in Cuba, MO. He is deceased. Mrs. Toedebusch says they just called it the German tomato. She does not know the region in Germany it came from.
    • In response to directed questions about the tomato’s appearance, Mrs. Toedebusch described it as a pink, thin-skinned variety. The fruits are moderately flattened globes, smooth-shouldered, and generally weigh 1-3 lbs. She describes the variety as mid- to late-season. “Sweet-low acid. The only tomato I can eat. I like to make tomato sandwiches and these are solid with very few seeds.”

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