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Not Purple Strawberry

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About Not Purple Strawberry

‘Not Purple Strawberry’ was developed by Jason Haynes from the ‘Purple Strawberry’ line. The original cross was made between ‘Cherokee Purple’ and ‘German Red Strawberry’ by Bill Jeffers*. ‘Not Purple Strawberry’ was named by Susan Anderson after this segregation lost its ‘hearty’ shape. Fruits are boat-shaped medium size (4-5oz./100-150g) purple beefsteaks, with delicious, rich, and well-balanced flavors. Meaty yet juicy flesh makes them perfect slicers.

*This is how Bill Jeffers described this variety on Tomatoville (November 20th, 2013): ‘I received the seeds from Susan Anderson as Not Purple Strawberry because they had lost the heart-shaped expression. But the fact is, this tomato is superior in important ways to Cherokee Purple and Indian Stripe, so I continue to grow it every year. Last summer a friend, Jason, I sent seeds to found a purple, heart-shaped expression and returned seeds to me. Unfortunately, I only grew two plants from Jason’s seeds. The one grown at home threw these red hearts (I cannot explain that). The plant grown at a friend’s house threw the boat-shaped, beefsteak expression that I have been getting for several years from ‘Not Purple Strawberry’ seeds. If you are growing NPS from seeds from a reliable source, you should expect flat-round or boat-shaped, beefsteak, purple fruit. Good luck. It’s a great tomato’.

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Solanum lycopersicum
Open Pollinated

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