The Story of Dester
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.