Original seed from the USDA. Prior to the Civil War, Large Red was one of the most favored tomato varieties in the U.S. It was listed in the 1843 Shaker seed catalog and Fearing Burr stated in his 1865 book, “From the time of the introduction of the tomato to its general use in this country, the ‘Large Red’ was almost the only kind cultivated, or even commonly known.” Indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that yield in generous amounts 1-2 pound, 4-inch, heavily ribbed, flattened, beautiful, red, beefsteak tomatoes that shout out terrific, complex, well-balanced, sweet flavors with that old-fashioned acidic ‘tang’ that makes it a winner. A perfect tomato for slicing fresh into sandwiches or salads.
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