Developed by the late Feodosiy M. Tarasenko of Ukraine, who was a Physics teacher and started to breed tomatoes after he retired in the early 1970s. He developed around fifty tomato varieties, some of which he called ‘Hybrid’, although they were stabilized and hence open-pollinated. He used the word ‘hybrid’ to emphasize that he made crosses to develop his varieties. First offered in the Seed Savers 2007 Yearbook by Michael Gunn of Pasadena, TX, who received the seeds from Lyuda Battin, who shared many Russian and Ukrainian varieties with Michael Gunn. Michael Gunn shared the seeds with Dan and Val McMurray of Wynndel, BC, Canada. After Dan McMurray passed away, his seed collection passed to Patricia Mitchell at the College of Rockies, who passed the seeds to Tatiana Kouchnareva in 2013. Variety was introduced commercially by Tatiana’s TOMATObase Seeds in 2014. Indeterminate, regular leaf plant produces heavy yields of 2-3 oz., scarlet-red, pear-shaped fruits up to 3″ long and dry flesh, making it perfect for cooking into a sauce or drying.
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