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Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian

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About Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian

30 years ago Mrs. Maxwell of Mexico, Missouri was given tomato seeds by a friend from Italy. She valued the tomato so much that for the next thirty years she saved the seed, choosing the largest, earliest, non-cracking tomatoes each year. Her son passed the seeds on to Gary Ibsen, of TomatoFest, to share them with others. Large, indeterminate, potato-leaf tomato plants that yield 1-2 pound, 3 to 4-inch, dark-pink beefsteak tomatoes with incredible flavor. A perfect tomato for eating fresh off the vine or as a canning tomato or for cooking into a tomato sauce. Midseason.

Culinary Use
Paste / Sauce / Canner / Slicer
Flavor Profile
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Fruit Color
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Plant Type
Solanum lycopersicum
Heirloom / Open Pollinated

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    Nancy Vestal

    Mrs. Maxwell (Mom) got the the seeds in the early sixties. When we started these tomatoes were large core, ugly shaped and the best favor. Mom always selected the earliest, largest and best shape. The family continues this tradition. This is the only tomatoes my son will grow in his gardens.

    • Dorota Basiura
      Dorota Basiura Editor
      Website Content Director

      Hi Nancy, wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing! Happy gardening!


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