Heirloom Tomatoes Collection
Collection contains one packet of each variety:
- Igleheart Yellow Cherry (25 seeds)
- Dester (50 seeds)
- Salvaterra's Select (25 seeds)
- German Pink (50 seeds)
- Cherokee Purple (25 seeds)
- Nebraska Wedding (25 seeds)
Please note: In the event of a seed packet shortage, we will substitute a variety. Rest assured—you're still getting six great varieties!
Igleheart Yellow Cherry [Cherry]
Winner of 2015 SSE Tomato Tasting. When the parents of James Igleheart of Indiana lived in Connecticut around 1960 they received these seeds from their Italian gardener. James’ wife, Diane, serves the tomato to guests and encourages them to save the seed and plant it. Yellow cherry tomatoes with a sweet, rich flavor and moderate acidity. Indeterminate. 70-80 days from transplant.
Winner of SSE’s 2011 Tomato Tasting and runner-up in 2012. Donated to SSE by Missouri farmer Larry Pierce, who received his seeds from an Amish woman in Seymour, Missouri. She originally got her seeds from a doctor she worked for whose family had brought the seeds with them from Germany. Luscious pink beefsteaks weighing up to one pound. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant.
Salvaterra's Select [Paste/Sauce]
Winner of our 2017 Tomato Tasting - Paste/ Sauce division. The great meaty texture is paired with tangy, sweet flavor that makes it an ideal sauce tomato. Fruits measure 2½-3¾". At Seed Savers Exchange (zone 4B), it was a bit later maturing but had above average productivity. Grown by Charles Salvaterra since the early 1980s, this heirloom tomato has been shared within the Hazleton, Pennsylvania community since the 1950s. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant.
German Pink [Beefsteak]
One of the two original Bavarian heirlooms from Diane Ott Whealy’s family that started SSE. Potato leaf plants produce large 1-2 pound beefsteak fruits. Meaty flesh with few seeds, very little cracking or blossom scars. Full sweet flavor. Excellent for canning, freezing, and slicing. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.
Cherokee Purple [Beefsteak]
Introduced by North Carolina SSE member Craig LeHoullier in 1991 from seed obtained from J. D. Green of Tennessee. Uniquely colored dusty rose-brown fruits weigh up to 12 ounces. Delicious sweet flesh. Indeterminate, 75-90 days from transplant.
Nebraska Wedding [Slicing]
Reliable producer of stunning 4" round fruits with orange skin. Well-balanced flavor. Plants are typically under 36" tall, but benefit from staking. Called the "ultimate love apple" in Amy Goldman's colorful story in The Heirloom Tomato. Introduced to SSE in 1983 by member Dorothy Beiswenger. Given to her by Betty Englert, whose ancestors brought this variety to western Nebraska in the late 1800s and was often given to newlywed family members and friends. Determinate. 85-90 days from transplant.