Large Red aka Shakers Large Red

This very old heirloom tomato can grow 1lb. and larger. With definite ribs and good red color this tomato has good looks but the flavor is even better with sweet tangy old fashioned taste. I love growing something that was around even prior to the Civil War


Fearing Burr wrote in his 1865 book, "Field and Garden Vegetables of America", "From the time of the introduction of the tomato to its general use in this country, the 'Large Red' was almost the only kind cultivated, or even commonly known." Here is a link about him and his book:

From Tatiana’s TOMATObase

An heirloom variety that traces back to 1830 in U.S. and England, grown and offered by Shakers of Hancock, Massachusetts, it is one of the oldest and historically important heirlooms, most commonly grown in the USA prior to the Civil War. It was listed in the 1843 Shaker seed catalog. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), PI 647511. Donated to the USDA in 1971. First offered in the Seed Savers 1990 Yearbook by Dorothy Beiswenger, Crookston, Minnesota (MN BE D).

Color: Red
Shape: Beefsteak
Maturity: 85 Days
Plant Type: Indeterminate
Leaf Type: Regular
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