Tomato, Siberian Giant Pink (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. Pink. 80 days. Indet.
Truly giant, 12-16 oz, pink beefsteaks form on tall, floppy vines. Deliciously juicy and meaty. Siberian tomatoes are usually on the early side but this special variety is an exception. Like other main season tomatoes, the yield is huge but concentrated later in the season. Siberian Giant Pink fills the role that Brandywine is known for, but we like it better in every way; it was our Tomato of the Year in 2016. Sourced originally from Tatiana Kouchnareva, the creator of the wonderful fact-filled website, Tatiana’s TOMATObase. Tatiana originally received this variety from Tamara Yaschenko, a tomato collector from Siberia. Known in Russian as Sibirskiy Velikan Rozovyi.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.
Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.