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‘Toedebusch Pink’ was discovered by Ruth TenBrink of Labadie, Missouri, USA, in 2008 and named after Evelyn Toedebusch. Seeds of this variety were received by Ruth TenBrink from her colleague, Kevin Jerome, in January 2008. He saved them from a tomato that was given to him by his wife’s great aunt, Evelyn Toedebusch, who celebrated her 90th birthday in the fall of 2008. Her uncle by marriage, William Schroeder, brought this variety from Germany in the 1800s* and it was cultivated by their family since then.
Indeterminate, potato leaf plants loaded with large (18oz./500g and more), oblate, slightly ribbed on the shoulders, pink fruits. Meaty flesh with very few seeds, sweet tomato taste, and old-fashioned aroma. Mid- to late season, about 78 days to maturity.
*This is how Tomatovillen member Ruth_10 writes about this variety (2008-12-03):
„Seeds were received from a colleague, Kevin Jerome, in January 2008, from seed he saved from a tomato given to him by his wife’s great aunt, Evelyn Toedebusch. Mrs. Toedebusch celebrated her 90th birthday in the fall of 2008. I got her address from Kevin and wrote her a letter asking her about the history of the tomato. I included some questions to aid her in best describing the history of the variety.
She first became aware of the tomato between 1960 and 1965 and first grew it in 1965. Her uncle by marriage received it from his folks. “It was brought over from Germany in the 1800s.” Her uncle lived between Steelville and Cuba, Missouri. His name was William Schroeder. He sold tomatoes in Cuba, MO. He is deceased. Mrs. Toedebusch says they just called it the German tomato. She does not know the region in Germany it came from.
In response to directed questions about the tomato’s appearance, she describes it as a pink, thin-skinned variety. The fruits are moderately flattened globes, smooth-shouldered, and generally weigh 1-3 lbs. She describes the variety as mid-to-late-season. “Sweet-low acid. The only tomato I can eat. I like to make tomato sandwiches and these are solid with very few seeds.”