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Posted on 24 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Abraham Lincoln Tomatoes

By Kira Hamman

Springfield, Illinois

There is a story, no doubt apocryphal, that Abraham Lincoln’s cooks tried to poison him using a dish made of tomatoes.

They failed, of course, and tomatoes not only became one of Lincoln’s favorite foods but became wildly popular with the American public as well.

There’s justice for you.

But the real story of Abraham Lincoln and tomatoes is, of course, the Abraham Lincoln tomato. Introduced in 1923 by the H.W. Buckbee seed company of Rockford, Illinois, Abe Lincoln soon became an R.H. Shumway variety. It was billed as “the largest tomato ever grown,” appropriate given its namesake’s famous height. Shumway claimed Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 14 April 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomatoes in the White House

Abraham Lincoln TomatoBy Michael Nolan

You know you’ve accomplished something when you have a tomato named after you.

Okay, so maybe that wouldn’t be such a big deal to anyone other than the tomato centric, but the Abraham Lincoln heirloom tomato would be just as impressive by any name.

The original variety was first introduced in 1923 by W.H. Buckbee who is responsible for naming it after Illinois’ favorite son, good ol’ Honest Abe.

This hearty heirloom plant produces tremendous crops of extra large fruit that is ideal for organic gardeners thanks to its natural disease resistant properties.

Here are a few more interesting facts about the Abraham Lincoln original heirloom tomato, most based on my own experience with it: Read the rest of this entry »

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