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Purple Dragon

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About Purple Dragon

‘Purple Dragon’ was developed from an F2 line of the ‘P20’ (‘OSU Blue’) and ‘Black and Brown Boar’ cross made by Mark McCaslin of Frogsleap Farm. This is what Mark writes about the pedigree of this variety: ‘I got seed of OSU Blue from a tomato friend and crossed this to several things in my nursery in 2009. A friend in Hawaii produced F2 seed over winter, and I selected F2 plants with anthocyanin fruit and other interesting characteristics in a large breeding nursery in 2010. There were 2 of ~200 F2 plants that really stood out in that nursery. One traced to the cross OSU Blue x Black and Brown Boar. It had very prominent anthocyanin stripes (Aft/gs) on purple/brown fruit. In 2011 I shared F3 seeds’.*
Very vigorous, indeterminate, regular leaf plants that yield clusters of small (1.4-3oz./40-80g), jewel-like, striped, plum-shaped fruits with anthocyanin shoulders, that become much more visible when fruits are exposed to intense sunlight. Outstanding, complex tomato flavors. Midseason, about 75-80 days to maturity.

* Mark McCaslin, post at the Tomato Depot on July 18, 2013

Culinary Use
Paste / Sauce / Canner / Salad
Flavor Profile
Tart / Well-balanced
Flesh Color
Fruit Color
Anthocyanin / Striped
Fruit Shape
Fruit Size
Leaf Type
Plant Type
Solanum lycopersicum

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