- Pink fruits grow up to 1 pound
- Beefsteak tomato
- Fruit ripens throughout the season
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Tomato, Dester Description
Larry Pierce, a farmer from Missouri, donated this variety to Seed Savers Exchange. He had received the seeds from an Amish woman in Seymour, Missouri who had in turn gotten the seeds from a doctor she knew whose family had brought the variety with them from Germany.
The Dester tomato was the winner of the 2011 Tomato Tasting at Heritage Farm and runner-up the following year.
The exact date of the domestication of tomatoes is unknown, but by 500 BCE they were already being grown in southern Mexico. The Spanish brought the small yellow tomato to Europe and the Philippines. The climate in Italy allowed for many new varieties of tomato to develop with intense flavor.
Alexander W Livingston took North American tomato varieties and upgraded them to a commercial crop. One of the easiest types of vegetables to adapt and breed, tomatoes are now grown worldwide.
Learn to Grow it
You should start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date for transplanting them into the garden. Plant them outdoors 2-4 weeks after your last expected frost.
Plant your seeds 1/4-1/2 in. deep in soil trays or pots. Transfer them to 3-4 in. pots when their true leaves appear. When transplanting, bury seedlings up the stems up to their leaves.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.