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‘Alaska’ is a Russian commercial open-pollinated variety that was created by Gavrish Sergey Fedorovich, Morev Viktor Vasilievich, Amcheslavskaya Elena Valentinovna, Volok Olga Anatoljevna in 1998. It was commercially introduced by the ‘Gavrish’ seed company and added to the Russian State Register in 2002.*
Short to medium-sized, bushy plants with early production (approximately 65 days from transplant) that produce a prodigious amount of round, brilliant red, saladettes weighing 3oz./94g with excellent flavor. A popular tomato variety for growing in cooler climates.
*There are two different tomatoes under the name ‘Alaska’. The one described above is of Russian origin, and the second one is described at ‘Vent Marin’ is of Canadian origin. An indeterminate selection from ‘Farthest North’ variety, with larger fruit, made by Edward Lowden of Ancaster, Ontario. Cited in the ‘Rennie Wm.’, Toronto, Ontario, Canada catalog in 1950. The GRIN** Accession number for this tomato is PI 645059. Donated to USDA*** in 1963, by Wyoming, United States.
** Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN) documents plant, animal, and microbial collections through informational pages and searchable databases. GRIN is operated by the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory in Beltsville, MD, USA.
*** The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducts plant breeding activities both internally and through publicly funded programs all over the USA.