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Supersteak

Supersteak

Supersteak Stats

Height: 72 - 96" (1.83-2.44 m)
Plant Spacing: 24 - 36" (0.61-0.91 m)
Row Spacing: 48 - 48" (1.22-1.22 m)
Days to Maturity: 80 - 120
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Red
Size: Large
Shape: Large
Genetic Type: Hybrid
Variety Type: Really Big Ones, Slicers
Disease Resistance: V, F, N

Common Uses

Salads, juice, canning, relish, sandwiches

Other Names

Burpee Supersteak

Information for Supersteak

Hybridized by the Burpee Seed Company, the Supersteak tomato variety was registered and introduced in 1980. This cultivar was an improvement over older beefsteak varieties.

It requires little planting space and is low maintenance while producing big crops. On the whole, the Supersteak outperforms other giant tomatoes in terms of quality, earliness and size.

An indeterminate grower, its foliage is normal exhibiting green potato leaves with white and yellow flowers, while its fruits have smooth skin that is dark red in color but may have green shoulders.

Each tomato usually weighs between one to two pounds (453-907 g) each and has the typical beefsteak shape. Despite the large size, these are crack and disease resistant, particularly to root nematodes, verticillium wilt and fusarium wilt.

Supersteak is tolerant to heat and humidity with bloom time between early spring and late summer. The plants need full sun and regular watering as well as support in the form of cages or stakes. These may also be planted in large containers without any problems.

Fruits may be harvested as soon as color begins to show, since these will continue to ripen even after picking. However, the best flavor will come from vine ripening. Regular harvesting also helps promote higher yield without affecting the size and quality of the tomatoes.

A favorite among giant tomatoes, the Supersteak carries that delicious old fashioned tomato taste. Rich and full flavored these are considered to be the best of all the improved beefsteak types.

Aside from its robust flavor, it is also firm, meaty and juicy making it ideal for many different uses including salads, sandwiches, juices, relish and canning. Seeds for this tomato variety may be found in various catalogs.

Photo Credit: Mandy Jouan