Tomato, Katja (Organic)

Solanum lycopersicum. Pink. 60 days. Indet.

Bushy plants produce big, pink, 3-5″ slicer tomatoes that weigh 8-16 oz. Very early and reliable. Gorgeous and delicious. Sarah thinks this is our best tomato (*objectively*) and Andrew thinks it is one of our favorites (subjectively). Does very well even in cool, shady gardens. Ripened a tasty 1 lb fruit (and many smaller fruit) outdoors at Corvus Landing Farm in Neskowin, Oregon, in the summer of 2010—the year of no ripe tomatoes for many Oregon coast gardeners. Originates in the city of Slyudyanka, on the shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia, where it is also grown outdoors. It is not clear whether it was developed by Katarina Konovna Sviatova (Katja) herself, or if it is an old Russian commercial variety. Received from Søren Holt of The Toad’s Garden blog, and Frøsamlerne, the Danish seed savers, who received it from the Sviatova family.

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