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African Queen

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About African Queen

African Queen is a spectacular family heirloom from Jack Maderis of North Carolina. Seeds were first introduced by Amy Goldman Fowler of Rhinebeck, New York, who obtained the African Queen seeds from seed collector, John Coykendall, from the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. John got his seeds from Jack Maderis in 1986, who said with his gift of seeds, “This’ll make some big, old pink tomatoes.” Jack’s family, according to Amy, “had cultivated African Queen for generations, with the aid of mules, on steep hillsides of western North Carolina. Since tomatoes had been cultivated in the Carolina’s as early as the mid-eighteenth century, African Queen may have come directly to the Carolinas with British colonists or, more likely, with slaves from the Caribbean.” Large indeterminate, potato leaf plants produce heavy crops of 1-2 lb., 3-5″, jade-pink, lightly-fluted, beefsteak tomatoes with red flesh and rich delicious flavors.
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Culinary Use
Slicer
Flavor Profile
Sweet / Well-balanced
Flesh Color
Red
Fruit Color
Pink
Fruit Shape
Oblate
Fruit Size
Large
Leaf Type
Potato
Maturity
Late
Plant Type
Indeterminate
Species
Solanum lycopersicum
Variety
Heirloom / Open Pollinated

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    Chaka Phoofolo

    Good day. I got hold of a huge tomatoes in a bucket where they throw pigs food. I took out its seeds. As I read on internet, this should be African Queen tomato. I want to know how and when to plant these seeds in Lesotho, Southern Africa. And also how to care for them. How long do they take to harvest? Thank you.

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    B Blevins

    Are African Queen tomatoes difficult to germinate?
    All my other seedlings doing well.

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    • Dorota Basiura
      Dorota Basiura Editor
      Tomato Database Director

      Hi B Blevins, they should germinate just like the other varieties. Maybe the seeds are a little older and need more time. Sometimes it takes up to several weeks longer than for fresh seeds.

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