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Turner’s Hybrid Tomato (Original Strain)

aka Original Mikado Tomato

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Also called Mikado, this unusual raspberry-pink tomato with potato-leaf leaves was first released in 1886 by Philadelphia seedsman W. Atlee Burpee.  Since the fruits are heavy, plants require sturdy staking.


This is the original potato-leafed strain yielding 6-inch diameter fruit weighing as much as 1 1/2 to 2 pounds. Best for slicing- or county fair competitions!  Since the fruits are heavy, plants require sturdy staking.  According to an 1887 advertisement from Rice’s Box of Choice Vegetables, it was bred in Iowa - and was "unequaled in fine flavor". Also known as the Original Mikado Tomato. This name came from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta which first played in London in 1885 and in New York in Februrary of 1886. We at Roughwood are proud to be the original source for this very rare, sought after variety!

25 seeds 

Turner’s Hybrid Tomato (Original Mikado)

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