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Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type family heirloom
Country Germany
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Dester - sliced fruit. 2015-08-05.


Indet., regular leaf, large pink beefsteaks with smooth shoulders and outstanding sweet flavor. Very meaty flesh with small seed locules and very few seeds. 8-27 oz. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

1. Reimer Seeds
2. Darlene Starr, Landenberg, Pennsylvania 13 / Heritage Tomato Seed 12
3. Darlene Starr, Landenberg, Pennsylvania 13 / Seed Savers Exchange 12

Year grown: 2015

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


  • A family heirloom that came to the USA from Germany.
  • This tomato was given to Larry D. Pierce, a seed grower for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds , by a lady Anna, who worked as a house cleaner for Dr. Dester and his wife in Indiana in the 1970's. According to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds seed catalog, The Desters family acquired the seed from Germany and shared with Anna.
  • Introduced commercially by Seed Savers Exchange in 2012.

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Year Commercial Vendors Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings) Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)
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2017 Reimer Seeds . .
2016 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - new . .
2015 . .
2014 Heritage Tomato Seed
Seed Savers Exchange
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2013 Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - new
Delectation of Tomatoes - new
Heritage Tomato Seed - new
Secret Seed Cartel - new
Seed Savers Exchange
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2012 Seed Savers Exchange - new 0 0
2011 0 0
2010 0 .
2009 0 .
2008 0 .
2007 0 .

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