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This meaty beefsteak-type tomato is named after Lettie Cantrell, who received seeds from a soldier returning from Germany during World War II. She grew this tomato in the hills of eastern Kentucky for many years. This was her favorite tomato and the only one she grew. Each year she saved seeds from the largest tomatoes, some of which reached 2 1/2 lbs. Our growers find it to be quite productive. Ahh! What a flavor! This variety was named best tasting tomato of the year at the 2006 Heirloom Garden Show in our taste testing contest. Image provided by www.abundantacres.net
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I would actually classify these as pink, but none the less love them. Didn't realize just how sweet they were until paired with the st Pierre which is an amazing tomato also. These are a true gem!
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23 Sep 2012
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:
We grew these along with 20+ other heirloom varieties in '11 and rank them as the best tasting, along with Brandywine and Cherokee Purple. These plants were grown in a 20" tall raised bed, fertilized with manure, in 5' tall by 2' square heavy duty wire cages. They were the largest tomato plants we have ever grown; they cascaded out of the top of the cages and two men could not stretch their arms around them. When pulled they measured 11' long so be sure to allow plenty of room when you plant, 6' spacing at least. Next year we'll use larger cages and netting to protect the fruit from the birds. We noticed that pollination stopped in the hottest part of the summer and resumed when night time temps cooled off but there was barely enough time for the fruit to ripen by then. At first frost we picked a 5 gallon bucket of green tomatoes off of each plant for storage and indoor ripening but they seemed bland compared to the superb taste we were used to from vine ripened fruit. Here in the Northern WV panhandle we had a very wet and cloudy, nearly sunless spring (= slow, late start for tomatoes) followed by a short hot dry summer but 1 lb tomatoes were average, with several over 2 pounds. The fruit is ribbed and a bit darker than shown in the picture and has a reddish pink color that almost glows when fully ripe. Unlike the other heirlooms, esp Cherokee Purple, there were no disease problems with Cranny Cantrell's and they will be a permanent fixture in our garden.
20 Dec 2011
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:
My Granny Cantrell plant produced some huge tomatoes! The largest probably weighed nearly 2 pounds. The taste was excellent. The birds destroyed a LOT of my tomatoes. I may install some netting next year due to the damage they caused (I lost close to 2 dozen large tomatoes). I definitely recommend this variety. I live in southeast Pennsylvania and planted in a 4x3 raised bed. The plant is quite large and needs a lot of space to grow. I used some heavy duty, square cages I bought from gardeners dot com - they worked great and I recommend them for heavy plants like this.
15 Sep 2011
This was the first time with this fruit, but it will now be in my garden every year. It has the absolute best flavor of any I have eaten. Huge fruit on VERY huge plants. Hearty producer to say the least. Florida sun did not seem to hurt them at all and we were VERY dry this year. Highly recommend this one.
By R. Smith
31 Aug 2011
0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:
This was probably the best tomato I grew during the '10 season. Clear skin so I considered it a pink. Very strong plants and absolutely delicious tomatoes.
8 Apr 2011
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