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Tomato, Tiffen Mennonite (Organic)

Solanum lycopersicum. Pink. 80 days. Indet. Potato Leaf.

Big, pink, 12-16 oz beefsteak fruit are somewhat variable in shape – many with a rather ribbed appearance while some are a more flattened globe shape. We find it to be earlier to mature and heavier yielding than the ubiquitous Brandywine and recommend growing Tiffen Mennonite instead. The thing that really makes it a winner is that it sweetens up so much better in our climate. If you like big, richly sweet heirlooms, this one is for you. Has even won a few tomato taste-offs here in Oregon (we are not making this part up)! Heirloom variety from the Mennonites of Wisconsin. First introduced to Seed Savers Exchange in 1985 by Thane H. Earle of Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Packet ≈ 30 seeds
$3.90

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1/2 g ≈ 150-250 seeds
$6.90

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2 g
$15.00

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Geographical Origin

Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.

Seed Saving

Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.

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  1. One person found this helpful
    Lori Humphreys

    Tiffen Mennonite is a great tomato

    Lori Humphreys

    Where did you grow this variety? Oregon

    Large, meaty tomato with great flavor, highest yielding tomato plant in my garden this year, beat 4 other varieties that were new to me and the Brandywine. Smoke isn’t stopping it. Eugene, Oregon

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  2. One person found this helpful
    Cindy

    Best beefsteak variety

    Cindy

    Where did you grow this variety? Oregon

    I grew this the last three years and it is the most delicious tomato I’ve ever grown. Last year I had an almost 2pounder and it was wonderful. Will be a must-have variety for me.

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