Tomato, True Beefsteak or Fejee Improved
This tomato came in to my grandfather’s collection from his friend Dr. Harold E. Martin (1888-1959), the creator of Dr. Martin’ s Lima Bean. Dr. Martin used it as a breeding parent to create the True Black Brandywine tomato which I discussed several years ago in The Heirloom Gardener. Fejee Improved or True Beefsteak appeared as a new cross or selection about 1883 in the seed catalogs of David Landreth and Robert Buist of Philadelphia. Ideal for slicing, the fat, oblate fruit about 4 to 5 inches in diameter features maroon or brownish-purple flesh with a red “bloody” center as shown in the picture. It received the name Beefsteak because it resembled raw aged beef. Treat as a late season tomato. Due to the heavy fruit, plants should be staked or caged.
- Full Sun
- Sprouts in 7-14 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 75-95 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: 1/8 inch
- Plant Spacing: 24"
- Frost Hardy: No
- Solanum lycopersicum
Growing Tips: Start indoors 6-10 weeks before last frost. Heat mat helps to warm soil and speed germination.