Malachite Box aka Malakhitovaya Shkatulka

A Russian GWR (Green when Ripe) variety which is uncommon in Russia as they are not popular. The light to olive green fruit are nice sized, 6-20 oz, and turn light yellow on the bottom when ripening. Flesh is the bright green with the lighter yellow in the middle - very pretty. The flavor has won many fans around the world – nice and sweet with a spicy addition, very full flavored. Fruit are also very juicy. Vines are vigorous and very productive. It grows well in cooler weather, obviously since it was grown in Siberia. But, growers in the South also like it, so a good tomato. Fruit rarely crack- Nice.


From Tatiana’s TOMATObase

The name means 'Malachite Box' in Russian. Malachite is a green mineral that has been mined in the Urals, Russia, and in Timna, Israel (King Solomon's Mines). Malachite was commonly used in Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries for Malachite jewelry boxes, and it is still very popular as a gem in silver jewellery.

This tomato variety was bred by Russian Farm 'Svetlana' and tested in Siberia region. The seeds were sent to Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T) as part of a large seed exchange with Tamara Yaschenko of Biysk, Siberia, Russia in 2006. Tatiana grew it in 2006 and offered it in the 2007 SSE Yearbook. Tatiana sent seeds to Jere Gettle at Baker Creek Seeds in 2007 through a SSE request. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offers this variety in their seed catalog since 2008.

Color: Green
Shape: Globe
Maturity: 80 Days
Plant Type: Indeterminate
Leaf Type: Regular
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