Large pink fruits average one pound. They make picture perfect slices that will cover a burger with just one slice! The fruit pictured weighed in at 1.01 lbs. As you can see, they have the perfect ratio of meat, juice and gel.
When I first sliced this fruit open, it had a very distinct acid smell, but the flavor was pleasantly well-rounded and much more complex than you normally expect from a pink tomato. Very pleasant and well-balanced and a very small core, which is not typical in larger fruits.
HISTORY: Pictured above is Asqeri Asllani. He is from Elbasan, Albania. He currently lives in Plymouth, MI.
Doug Lax presented me with one of Mr. Asllani's family heirloom tomatoes (pictured above, sliced) at this past summers Tomato Fest 2017.
Doug met Asqeri at a McDonald's in Plymouth, MI where is was employed part-time, just to give him 'something to do'. They developed a friendship that included the shared love of growing tomatoes. Doug explains that Asqeri has very limited English, and when asked details (at my prompting) about his beloved tomato all he said was that he brought it with him when he immigrated to the US (when that happened is still unknown as of yet).
Fortunately for all of us, Doug had the foresight to take this photo of Asqeri standing in front of his family heirloom. What an honor to be able to put a name and face to this beautiful heirloom. Thank you, Doug!
ASLLANI'S ALBANIAN HEIRLOOM
GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
LEAF TYPE: Potato
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Large to XLarge
FRUIT COLOR: Pink
ORIGIN: Elbasan, Albania family heirloom