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Old May 20, 2015   #7
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 759

Thanks! Of course we still don't know for sure if there is a tomato around that matches the Child's description. But perhaps with the info available, someone will get interested and grow out some current "Golden Jubilee" listings and see if somewhere there still is a plant producing tomatoes upwards of two pounds, smooth as an apple and handsome as a ball of gold. If not here . . . perhaps in Australia?

I couldn't try to grow it here, as a tomato with tasty fruit that size is almost certainly one that needs a long, warm season to mature.

At least the info gives anyone interested some data to use to decide whether they might be growing the original Golden Jubilee.

I'm curious about Tangerine's ancestry, too. In that era Burpee did pretty vigorous variety development, and there wouldn't have been any reason they shouldn't take the Australian-Child's Golden Jubilee and work with it to produce a "golden" tomato of their own, and their use of the Jubilee name for the Tangerine x Rutgers tomato makes one wonder if that was a nod to the original source of the color . . . or using that name may have just been a business decision, as the Jubilee name would by that time have been associated by many with a "golden" tomato.

Of course, that was when David Burpee was in his prime and one might think that unless there was an ancestral or other strong reason to choose 'Jubilee' as a name, he would have named a golden orange Burpee tomato "Marigold"
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