“Chibis” (ЧИБИС) came to me from an Estonian vendor, in a Russian commercial seed company packet…and after input from a very kind BHS friend, I learned that the name is Russian for a bird known as Lapwing. Interestingly, it is also the name for a Russian space anti-zero-G device, in use from 1971 (Salyut 1) to the ISS era with the basic function being the opposite of a G-suit. Instead of pushing blood and fluids away from the legs back toward torso and head, the Chibis suit drew fluid back down to the legs. This was to counteract the tendency of fluids to accumulate in the head in weightlessness. Originally, the only definition of “chibis” I could find is that of the Japanese slang term in art for drawing characters in a deliberately cute, little, and young appearance with simple features (example is kindly provided by my daughter!…a chibi on a tomato). In fact, I bought the seeds in the first place simply due to the name. The plants are small, and the fruits are cute. These are medium to small (2-4” long) elongated red pastes. They are meaty with thick juice, and would be best used for making pastes and sauces. This is a VERY prolific variety, and it withstood plant diseases that killed other varieties growing next to it. If you want to make awesome tomato sauce and paste, but do not have much room to garden, try one or two Chibis plants in a 5 gallon pot, or two plants in an Earth Box.
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