Mortgage Lifter

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Mortgage Lifter
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Type Heirloom
Vine Indeterminate
Plant height 9 feet[citation needed]
Fruit Weight 24-64 oz
Leaf regular leaf
Color Red (pink)
Shape Beefsteak

Mortgage Lifter is the name given to a cultivar of tomato developed by Willam Estler of Barboursville, West Virginia, in 1922. He registered the name in 1932, several years before "Radiator Charlie" and his "Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter". Robert Howard Estler, last remaining son of William Estler, died in October 2012.

According to many sources on the Internet, the Mortgage Lifter was not developed by Willam Estler. Instead, it is said to have been developed by M.C. "Radiator Charlie" Byles in Logan, West Virginia.[1] Byles is said to have developed it in the early 1930s.

The Mortgage Lifter is known for its mild sweet flavour, and can weigh as much as 2 lbs.

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  1. ^ "Living on Earth - Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes". Living On Earth. 23 September 2005. 

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