The Great White Beefsteak tomato is often reported by other seed sellers as being an American heirloom tomato variety with a history that traces back to the era of the American Civil War during the 1860's, however, in truth, this wonderful white tomato variety is actually of a much more recent origin.
This lovely tomato was originally offered by Gleckler Seeds Co. in the early 90's. Gleckler's customers often sent seeds from their own garden that they were proud of and hoped that the company would later introduce to the public. In 1987 or 1988, a woman sent Gleckler seeds of an orange and yellow Oxheart tomatoes from her garden for them to try. Gleckler grew them out and amongst the plants was one that proved to be a white beefsteak, which as it turns out, the woman did not have in her garden, so it was assumed that the plant was the result of a natural mutation. Gleckler began to cultivate this new white beefsteak tomato and a number of years later released it under the name of "Great White Beefsteak". It has become popular in the years since. (Where the erroneous story that the variety was a Civil War era heirloom originated, is unknown.)
Great White is typically considered the finest and the largest of the white tomato varieties, producing huge creamy white tomatoes that can often weigh up to two pounds, making it larger than White Beauty / White Snowball. When ripe, these creamy colored tomatoes typically have a yellowish hue on the blossom end. The tomatoes feature a mild, sweet flavor and have alot of juice, yet few seeds. The plants of Great White are extremely productive and also extremely hardy, featuring a great amount of foliage to protect against sun scald. Great White is an excellent tomato variety for hot climates in that it is not only drought resistant, but also crack resistant. Indeterminate.