Old Russian variety developed and released by Biruchekutskaya Vegetable Breeding Research Station for North Caucasus regions in 1982. Probably named after Yermak Timofeyevich, a Cossack who led the Russian conquest of Siberia in the reign of Ivan the Terrible.
First offered in the Seed Savers 1996 Yearbook by Seed Savers Heritage Farm, Decorah, Iowa, who got the seeds from Marina Danilenko, Russia.
Introduced commercially in North America by Tatiana’s TOMATObase Seeds in 2015. Seed came from a seed collection of Valery Brizhan’ in Krasnodar region. It is obviously a very different variety compared to ‘Ermak’ tomato that was developed in the late 1970s-early 1980s, and it is much more superior to that in taste! Unfortunately both share the same name. The plants are both indeterminate, with regular leaf foliage (unlike the other ‘Ermak’ variety, which is a determinate dwarf). This Ermak produces big crops of 3-7 oz, red, medium, beefsteak fruits. Very juicy, with very good, complex and balanced flavors.