50 days, indeterminate
— Pronounced "stu-peach-ka," the potato-leaf, four foot tall plants are loaded with 2½-inch by 2-inch diameter, red colored fruits that are borne in clusters. Extremely early, great flavor. Heavy yields all season long and produces very well in northern climates.
Forest Shomer, founder of the Abundant Life Seed Foundation
(ALSF), received this variety from Czechoslovakian tomato breeder named Milan Sodomka in 1976. It seems that Mr. Sodomka read an article about the ALSF in a copy of Rodale's "Organic Gardening Magazine" and was inspired to reach out. And this was during the Cold War. He wrote:
"Prague, 24/3 1976Abundant Life Seed Foundation
I am a permanent reader of 'The Organic Gardening and Farming' and the January issue I have read a very interesting article: 'Special seeds for special needs' and your successful undertaking. I beg to ask you for your catalog and some trial seeds esp. of your tomatoes, onions, lettuce, Marigold and Verbena for now. In the contrary I am enclosing four varieties of our Czechoslovak tomatoes and two East German bush varieties which proved here very well. And one Bulgarian variety too.
I am 70 and in spite of this I am most happy when I can try something new in my garden. Please to write me if you have some wish I could accomplish. I thank you in advance!
Very sincerely yours,
commercially introduced here in the United States in 1977
and it has proven itself to be an exceptional and popular variety ever since. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.