Large Red

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Large Red
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape ribbed, flattened, oblate
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type historic, commercial heirloom, open-pollinated
Country England, USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Shaker's Large Red - ripe fruit. fruit. 2014-09-08.


Indet., regular leaf plants. Medium sized beautiful ruffled beefsteaks with very good flavor that is more acidic than sweet. 4-9 oz. Semi-hollow seed cavities in some fruit make it perfect for stuffing.

Seed source:

Norbert R. Pikovsky, Johnstown, Pennsylvania (PA PI N2) 08 / Don O'Shea of Ogdensburg, New York (NY OS D) 04 / Hancock Shaker Village, Inc., Pittsfield, Massachusetts (MA HA S)

Year grown: 2014

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • An heirloom variety that traces back to 1830 in U.S. and England, grown and offered by Shakers of Hancock, Massachusetts, it is one of the oldest and historically important heirlooms, most commonly grown in the USA prior to the Civil War.
  • It was listed in the 1843 Shaker seed catalog.
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), PI 647511. Donated to the USDA in 1971.
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 1990 Yearbook by Dorothy Beiswenger, Crookston, Minnesota (MN BE D).

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