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Donated to SSE in 1995 by Alicia Brown-Matthes of Iowa. This variety was a favorite of Alicia’s grandmother, Mamie Brown, and Alicia remembers seeing it growing in Mamie’s garden when she visited her grandparents in West Virginia during childhood summer vacations. Alicia received seeds of the variety from her aunt Louise, Mamie’s daughter. Louise remembers the variety from her childhood in the 1930s. The family most often uses the fruit for canning and making juice. Indeterminate, regular leaf plant produces healthy crops of large, 16 oz., pink, beefsteak fruit. Shape ranges from slightly flattened to round to slightly heart-shaped; double fruits are somewhat common. Very good flavor with well-balanced sweetness and acidity.