Victory Seeds®

Rare, Open-pollinated & Heirloom Garden Seeds

Hello, Guest | Sign In | Logout
View Shopping Cart - 0 item(s) in cart - Total $0

Victory Heirloom Seed Company - Preserving the future, one seed at a time!

"Preserving the future,
one seed at a time."

Holiday Gift Ideas
New for 2018
Vegetable Seeds
Grain Seeds
Flower Seeds
Herb Seeds
Tobacco Seeds
Cover Crop Seeds
Bulk & Web Only Seeds
Traditional Garden Tools
Bookstore
Hard Goods
Apparel
Themed Gardens & Kits
Worm Composting
Custom Seed Favors
Late Summer / Fall Seeds
Open Source Seed Initiative
Victory Seeds® Introductions
Want To Help?!?!
eCertificates

Need to get serious . . . Victory Gardening.


No GMOs Here!

We are an early signer of the Safe Seed Pledge

All of our rare and heirloom seeds are open-pollinated, non-hybrid and are not treated with chemicals.


Liberal, Oregon



Share us with the world at:
Please leave a review about us at All Thing's Plants.
 


Click here for more info on how to be rewarded for your support!

You can be rewarded for supporting our preservation work. Click here to find out how.



Home>Vegetable Seeds>Tomato>Livingston Tomatoes
Livingston's Gold Ball Tomato
Livingston's 'Gold Ball' tomatoes.
Livingston's Gold Ball Tomato
Item Id: 3400811

Your Price:
$2.75
Availability:
In Stock
Quantity
Email a friend
Be the first to review this Item!
Add to Gift Registry Add to Wish List

You will earn 3 Victory Points™ when you purchase this item.
Click here for more information about Victory Points™.

Description
Gold Ball Certified Naturally Grown Seed

65 days, indeterminate — The fruits average about one-and-half inches in diameter (perfect for snacking), weighing two to three ounces each, are globe shaped, and truly a beautiful canary-yellow color. The flesh is thick and back in the "olden-days," they were used to make preserves.

Introduced by Alexander W. Livingston in 1892, the catalog descriptions regularly exclaimed the virtues of the variety for decades. In their 1893 seed catalog, they describe it as follows: 
"Offered for the first time last season. It is a round golden yellow variety and no other sort, except Livingston's Golden Queen, can approach it in quality. The flesh is thick and of extra good quality; large enough to slice; smooth as an apple and of a handsome gold color; grows in clusters; produces enormous crops. No matter if you are prejudiced against a yellow sort we are sure this will please you. TRY IT."[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:
"The little yellow Egg, or Plum Tomato, which people ate raw in their gardens, and used so extensively for preserves, suggested to my mind that a new and improved variety for the same purposes might be very acceptable. One of our best growers found it among his growing tomatoes, and it was introduced in 1892. It is a bright golden yellow, round as a ball, one and one-half inches in diameter; it has few seeds, abundance of flesh, and is so very productive that some single plants have borne a half bushel of fruit. The tomatoes will, without injury, hang on the vine in clusters a week or ten days after fully ripe. I consider this gem of a tomato the best I have ever seen for preserves. No thrifty housewife who once fixes her eyes upon this Ball of Beauty will ever let it go from her garden or table."[2]
Our seed stock originated as the USDA's National Seed Storage Lab's accession number NSL 27012. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.

Informational Sources:
  1. "Seed Annual for 1893," Livingston Seed Company, Columbus, Ohio, 1893.
  2. "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.

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.
Related Items
Livingston's Golden Queen Tomato
Livingston's Golden Queen Tomato
1 Review(s)
$2.75
Livingston's Potato Leaf Tomato
Livingston's Potato Leaf Tomato
$2.75
Marhio (Livingston's Marvelous) Tomato
Marhio (Livingston's Marvelous) Tomato
$2.75