Duke of York Tomato
Duke of York Tomato
85 days, indeterminate — The plants of 'Duke of York' are regular leaf, vigorous, and productive. Its fruit are a beautiful red color, globe to flattened-globe shaped, and weigh from two to eight ounces, averaging about six ounces each. The flesh is firm, meaty and tasty.
'Duke of York' was introduced by Moore & Simon of Philadelphia in their 1899 seed catalog.[1,2] Although we have not discovered its exact pedigree, it is believed to be an old English variety. Moore & Simon went on to describe it as follows:
A few years later in their 1904 seed catalog, J. Bolgiano of Baltimore exclaimed, "Of Special Value to Florida Growers." They further stated, "Ripens evenly to the stem, is a strong, healthy grower, not subject to rust or blight, is an enormous cropper and produces until the vines are killed by frost, holding its size well until the last picking. Quality the very best, solid and meaty."
As far as we can tell, 'Duke of York' has not been commercially available since the 1930s. We are happy to reintroduce it to gardeners for the 2017 season. Our stock was grown out from USDA accession number PI 644896 who received the seed sample in 1937 from Sutton & Sons, Ltd. of London, England. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
- "List of American Varieties of Vegetables for the Years 1901 & 1902,” by W. W. Tracy, Jr., USDA, Bulletin No. 21, 1903."
- "Key To Profit in the Garden," Moore & Simon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1899.
- "Yearbook of Agriculture," USDA, 1937.
- "The Pedigree of Varieties of Lycopersicon Esculentum Mill.," G. A. Kemp, Canada Department of Agriculture, Lethbridge, Alberta, April 20, 1960.
- "Development of Wilt-Resistant Tomatoes," by Fred J. Pritchard, USDA, Bulletin No. 1015, March 28, 1922.
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