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Purple Russian (Ukrainian Purple)

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About Purple Russian (Ukrainian Purple)

‘Purple Russian’ is a Ukrainian heirloom tomato from Irma Henkel. Indeterminate, regular leafed plant with wispy foliage, produces huge amounts of purple-red, 5-7 oz., 3-4″ long, oblong, (plum-shaped to egg-shaped) tomatoes with a blemish-free skin excellent sweet flavor. ‘Purple Russian’ has been a staple for my market variety selection because it holds up well, and it’s a wonderful flavor. Chefs enjoy this selection because of its color and delicious flavors. A perfect tomato for enjoying in salads, for making fabulous tomato sauce or salsa, or canning.

Culinary Use
Paste / Sauce / Canner / Salad
Flavor Profile
Flesh Color
Fruit Color
Fruit Shape
Elongated / Plum/Pear/Piriform
Fruit Size
Leaf Type
Regular / Wispy
Plant Type
Solanum lycopersicum
Heirloom / Open Pollinated

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    It would be helpful if you'd add to your descriptions how many days to maturity from transplant!!!

    • Dorota
      Dorota Editor
      Website Content Director

      Hi, thank you for your question! Yes, that is very important information, and if we have accurate data on the DTM of a particular variety, we always include it in the description. However, each variety in our tomato database contains information in the taxonomy indicating whether it is very early, early, mid-season, or late. An explanation of these terms and the number of days from planting to the first harvest can be found by clicking on the term 'Maturity' in the taxonomy. For the 'Purple Russian' variety, the maturity is usually in the middle of the season, which means that the first fruits can be harvested about 70-84 days after transplant.
      Happy gardening!


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