Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter Tomato
'Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter' tomatoes.

Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter Tomato

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One of the first "Mortgage Lifter" tomatoes; large, pink, over a pound each and one of the best beefsteak flavors available.
Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter Slow Food USA - Ark of Taste Certified Naturally Grown Seed

85 days, indeterminate — Although many merchants simply call it 'Mortgage Lifter', 'Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter' is probably the most well known of the "mortgage lifter" varieties (see below). It has been a popular variety in the Logan, West Virginia area since it was introduced in the 1940s[2] and got international attention when its seed was introduced to gardeners in the mid-1980s. The regular leaf vines produce fruits that are large, some reaching over a pound each, pink in color, and one of the best flavored beefsteaks available.

The legend surrounding this tomato is that it was bred by Marshall Cletis Byles,[1] who preferred to be called "MC" or simply Charlie.[2] For several years he crossed 'German Johnson', 'Beefsteak', with undisclosed English and Italian varieties, selecting the largest specimens. It is said that he then sold plants for one dollar each and paid off his mortgage in six years. Seeds were supplied to Dr. Jeff McCormack, founder of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and released by him commercially in 1985.[2] We received our seed from him in 2001. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.

The largest, best tomatoes I've ever grown!
Mortgage Lifter tomatoes are the only variety of tomato I grow. After years of "trying" to grow a good 'ole timey' tomato, I've finally found one! I actually grew one last year that was almost 2 lbs! P.S. all my Mortgage Lifter seeds purchased from Victory came up! 100%!
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Reviewed by:  from Pace, FL. on 5/22/2012
Nice Tomatoes
I bought these last year, saved seeds and have them going again this year. Great flavor! Look similar and taste like a Pink Brandywine.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Dayton Nevada. on 8/22/2020
Great Taste!
These are growing great for me! Been picking beautiful large fruits off if them. I'm not usually a major raw tomato fan and these taste fantastic! Will grow again!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Chester, VA. on 7/8/2021
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