75 days, indeterminate — The regular leaf vines of the 'Atkinson' tomato reach about six feet tall and produce beautiful red colored fruit that range from four to fourteen ounces each and are oblate shaped with firm, meaty flesh. They have a nice, balanced, slightly sweet and tart red flavor. It is nice fresh in salads or as a slicing tomato, as well as canned or processed into sauces. It is also a good fresh market tomato. When it was introduced, Auburn University stated:
Bred and introduced by Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn, Alabama in 1966.[1,2] The result of many years of complex breeding work, eighteen to be exact, involving a wild Peruvian tomato resistant to rootknot, with old established varieties and breeding lines of Rutgers types. 'Atkinson' is Rootknot nematode and Fusarium Wilt Race 1 resistant, as well as resistant to Gray Leaf Spot and Septoria Leaf Spot.[1,2,3] It was named after George F. Atkinson, a former staff member of the Alabama Experiment Station, who first described the life cycle of the rootknot nematode at Auburn in 1889. Each packet contains at least 20 seeds.
- "Leaflet 73," Auburn Agricultural Experiment Station, Alabama, November 1966.
- "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Tomato (A-I), Lists 1-27 Combined," Edited by John W. Scott, Gulf Coast REC, University of Florida, Bradenton, Florida.
- "Atkinson: A New Tomato Variety," by W. H. Greenleaf & E. L. McGraw, Highlights of Agricultural Research, Vol. 14, No. 1, page 16, 1967.
Explore our vegetable collections:
[ Artichokes | Asparagus | Beans | Beets | Broccoli | Sorghums | Brussels Sprouts | Cabbage | Cantaloupe | Carrots | Cauliflower | Celery | Collard Greens | Corn | Cucumber | Eggplant | Endives | Gourds | Kale | Kohlrabi | Leeks | Lettuce | Mesclun Mix | Mustard Greens | Okra | Onions | Parsley | Edible Pod Peas | Garden Peas | South Peas | Hot Peppers | Mild Peppers | Pumpkins | Radishes | Rapini | Rhubarb | Salad Greens | Salsify | Summer Squash | Winter Squash | Swiss Chard | Tomatillo | Tomatoes | Dwarf Tomato Project | Turnips | Watermelons ]