German Johnson Tomatoes are very old heirlooms which are believed to have originated with immigrants to the Virginia's and Carolina's in the 19th Century. It was first documented by botanists in West Virginia and has since been marketed across the continent.
It has also been used in breeding many of the more popular hybrids and latter day heirlooms, such as mortgage lifter tomato. Another close relative is the German Pink tomato, which actually hails from the same parentage but was bred slightly different in that it has a different leaf structure.
The German Johnson Tomato is not the biggest tomato around, but it's up there weighing in at 1 -2 lbs each. Not many people can brag of having a bigger Johnson than that, or a bigger tomato either.
They are an orange red - botanists like to call these "pink Tomatoes" but personally - I just don't see the pink in this tomato, my Johnson ... well that's a horse of another color. German Johnson Tomatoes are an Orange Red or light red. The plants themselves are hefty, very robust and need a tad more spacing than other varieties, at least three feet. They also need supports such a sturdy tomato cage.