The Story of Kanner Hoell
This heirloom tomato variety was donated to Seed Savers Exchange by the Reverend C. Frank Morrow of Minnesota. In his donation letter he noted that the variety originated in Germany and has been in his family since 1916.
Morrow said that Kanner Hoell tomato was his, and his wife's, favorite tomato and that they enjoyed it both for fresh eating and canning.
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.