Very nice, large, smooth skinned, pink beefsteak with a really good flavor that has won several taste testing awards. It can get up to 1 ½ lbs but is usually just under a lb. Sturdy plants have good production.


from Victory 

“Its history is one that was fun to research. Like all true heirlooms, that is, varieties that families have grown, protected and handed down through the generations, 'Dester's' story revealed the life of a very interesting man. Its name is a tribute to the late Dr. Herbert Edgar Dester, M.D. of Berne, Indiana. He was many things; a medical doctor (from 1926 to 1974),[3] a devout Christian, and a Mennonite missionary to India (providing medical missionary services).[1]
The story behind his tomato is that the variety originated in Germany and was brought to America by Dr. Dester's ancestors. Sometime in the 1970s it was shared with the Dester's Amish housekeeper, Anna. She eventually relocated with her community to Missouri and continued to raise the variety there. At some point, Anna gave it to a local farmer, Larry Pierce, who then submitted it to the SSE.”

Color: Pink
Shape: Beefsteak
Maturity: 75-85 Days
Plant Type: Indeterminate
Leaf Type: Regular
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