The Story of Gold Medal
This variety was first introduced as 'Ruby Gold' tomato by John Lewis Childs of Floral Park, New York in his 1921 catalog. Ben Quisenberry renamed it 'Gold Medal' tomato in his 1976 catalog with the description
"The sweetest tomato you ever tasted. The yellow with streaks of red makes them very attractive and a gourmet's joy when sliced."
This variety was the winner of the 2008 Tomato Tasting at Heritage Farm.
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.