On the cover of the Burpee Catalog this year there's a picture of someone wearing overalls and holding 3 huge tomatoes in their hands. The tomatoes are plump and juicy looking and barely fit in those tiny hands. So when I placed my annual order, I put those Porterhouse Beefsteak Tomatoes on the top of my list.
Inside the catalog, they are described like this:
Porterhouse Beefsteak Tomato
NEW The greatest extra-large beefsteak we've ever bred. Plump fruits from 2 to 4 lbs. each-sure to beat any record in the neighborhood. The luscious flesh is deep red all the way through with just the right balance of meaty solids and succulent juice. Smooth texture and rich, old-fashioned flavor make this the greatest extra-large beefsteak we've ever bred.
As you can probably tell, I'm a sucker when it comes to advertising. The reality of these tomatoes is that they had big germination problems and I don't think any of them are going to make it over 2 pounds. They are nice sized, good looking tomatoes but I'm going to guess the average size will be about a pound a half. Certainly respectable but far from the 2-4 pound promise.
Taste will be the deciding factor. If they taste great then all will be worth it. If not, then I think I may have to skip the Burpee cover next season.