Russian origin, from Institute of Horticulture in Barnaul, Altai, Siberia. The original Russian name is unknown/lost; it was probably named by Bill McDorman of Hailey, Idaho who collected the seeds in Russia. Introduced commercially by Seeds Trust/High Altitude Gardens in the early 90s.
First offered in the Seed Savers 1994 Yearbook by Donald C. Kellums of Port Byron, Illinois. Indeterminate, regular leaf plants produce 8-17 oz., large, pink fruits that are variably shaped, from blunt hearts to beefsteak shape. Excellent balanced flavor.