Eva Ste. Wendell
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20
“Eva Ste. Wendell” has EXCELLENT sweet flavor, initially balanced with acid and then gets sweeter the longer it stays in the mouth. She produces perfect pink globes, maintaining a ladylike growth habit initially; but once she starts bearing, she wants to continue even when other varieties have pooped out. There is great flesh texture (not too firm or too soft) and juiciness.
Eva Ste. Wendell is a line developed by Mr. Bill Jeffers, of Evansville, Indiana. Mr. Jeffers reports that the original cross was done by Keith Mueller of KCMO for and at the request of Darrel Jones of Alabama. According to Mr. Jeffers, the original cross was Big Beef x Eva's Purple Ball, with the intent to create an Eva Purple Ball-type tomato with improved disease resistance.
Here is Mr. Jeffers’ history of this segregation’s development:
“I received F3 seeds from John Beidler of Connecticut, and have worked with my own line for several years, beginning with a medium size (5 ounce, more or less), pink, sweet/balanced tomato. I continued to select for round, pink tomatoes, tennis ball size, thin skin, productive, balanced flavor similar to Balkan type heart tomatoes is the closest comparison to flavor I can think of.”
“The name is derived from the fact that while I was county surveyor, my chief deputy grew several of my plants in composted horse manure out on her property in St. Wendell, Indiana, a small, unincorporated town in the northwestern corner of Vanderburgh County, Indiana. She has a horse rescue operation out there. The examples of this line she grew were larger than those I grew in my garden, and I ended up using her selection for my seeds at F5.”
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