Recommended Plants, Summer 2020

Plant picks for gardeners who like to break new ground.

Photo by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

‘Dester’ Tomato

Recommended by Craig LeHoullier, Gardener advisory board:

A few years ago, I was asked to attend the Seed Savers Exchange Tomato Tasting event at its headquarters in Decorah, Iowa. One of the first I sampled was a cultivar recently sent to Seed Savers called ‘Dester’ (Solanum lycopersicum). This tomato truly impressed me, and it ended up winning the tasting straw vote.

Like many heirlooms, ‘Dester’ has a story. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds introduced ‘Dester’ and relates the history on its website: “The seed came to us from an Amish lady [Anna] just a few miles from our Baker Creek farm. Anna worked as a house cleaner for Dr. Dester and his wife in Indiana in the 1970s. Having acquired the seed from Germany, the Desters shared their favorite tomato seed with Anna, who treasured it and now shares it with us.”

You can choose from many large, pink-fruited heirloom tomatoes on the market, but ‘Dester’ is among the best flavored of them all — and believe me, I’ve tried dozens. The cultivar is productive, and resists common tomato diseases.

75 days
$3.00 per packet (25 seeds)
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds



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