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Livingston's Golden Queen Tomato

Livingston's Golden Queen Tomato

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78 days, indeterminate — Characteristically described as the "Queen of all the Yellows," "Of superior flavor ...," "... it is solid, always smooth, entirely free from ridges."[2,3] The fruits are early, a good size, beautiful and excellent for slicing.

Introduced by Alexander W. Livingston in 1882, the standard catalog description over the years have been fairly consistent. In their 1893 seed catalog, they describe it as follows:
"A real good yellow sort of first-class quality, and its superior flavor has brought it into general favor as a table fruit. It is solid, smooth, entirely free from ridges, large in size, ripens up early, and is a very handsome sort; in fact, by far the most beautiful yellow variety ever sent out: the larger and riper fruits are frequently tinged with red at the blossom end. None excel it for eating raw or slicing. The handsome golden-yellow slices make a beautiful contrast in a dish with red sorts. It has very little acid and the quality is excellent. Makes beautiful preserves."[1]
Also from 1893, while reminiscing about the origin and history of the 'Golden Queen' tomato in his book entitled "Livingston and the Tomato," Mr. Livingston wrote:
"In one of the county fairs which I often attended for the purpose of selling seeds, I saw a very pretty yellow tomato. As I was examining it closely, and admiring it, the owner saw fit to make a present of one of them, which I highly prized, and took special care to preserve, test and improve. I had it a number of years before I released it; but in 1882 I thought it advisable to give it a wider circulation, and so advertised it extensively under the above name."[4]
Several companies have sold yellow fruited tomatoes over the years calling them "Golden Queen." However, they are not true to Livingston's. Our seed was grown out from stock obtained from the National Seed Storage Lab accession number NSL 27357 by Craig LeHoullier and is true to the original documentation. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
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Informational Resources:
  1. "Seed Annual for 1893," Livingston Seed Company, Columbus, Ohio, 1893.
  2. "Seed Annual for 1918," Livingston Seed Company, Columbus, Ohio, 1918.
  3. "Seed Annual for 1933," Livingston Seed Company, Columbus, Ohio, 1933.
  4. "Livingston and the Tomato: Being the History of Experiences in Discovering the Choice Varieties Introduced by Him with Practical Instructions for Growing," A. W. Livingston, 1893.
  5. "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden," Dr. Carolyn Male, Workman Publishing, 1999, pages 118-119.
  6. "Epic Tomatoes: How To Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time," Craig LeHoullier, Storey Publishing, 2015, page 11, 28, 36, 109, 213, 222, 223.
Although the name of this variety contains a modern company's name, the seed we are offering is in no way sourced from, "owned by" or connected with that company. The name is simply the historically accurate, common name for the variety giving credit to the seedsman that originally released it.

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