Irish Liqueur (Irish Liquor)


  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: indeterminate
  • Leaf type: regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 10+

“Irish Liqueur!” Wow! My brains are on fire trying to track down this variety! One tomato database lists it as Irlandskiy Likyor, translated to “Irish Liquor,” and attributed to Natalia Khilenko’s seed collection as a Russian variety; HOWEVER, it is also described there as a pink grape tomato! I looked around some more, and found commercial seed packets labelled “Irlandskiy Liker” or Ирландский ликер…and it is described and pictured as a green when ripe tomato with DEFINITE green stripes. My fruits never had green stripes. I looked some more, and found comments and photos from over 16 growers of this supposedly green-striped variety, and not one single photo showed a green-striped fruit. All showed medium GWR beefsteaks with solid color, just as I grew. Some do mention “light striping” but the photos absolutely do not show this. A few show environmental striping, which is not the striping showed on the commercial seed packets, which was clearly genetic the gs gene “irregular longitudinal green stripes in epidermis of unripe fruits.” Nope, not the same. So what was this to begin with and what is it supposed to be now? The Shadow Knows.
I do know that this name fits the color and description of a Russian variety that is green when ripe. I know that the flavor was sweet but enough acid to make it tomatoey as well. The fruit size was generally 5 ounces, and mine were more of a salad shape than a flattened beefsteak. The epidermis is yellow, so the ripe fruits will look fairly amber from the outside. I did grow this variety for two seasons, but did not offer it before because I wanted to make sure that I could grow the same tomato the following year, that this was a stable variety. I think it is. Irish Liqueur did seem to struggle in my heat, so this may be the only seed offering I will have. Not sure I will grow it again when there are other equally good GWR varieties that do better in my growing conditions.

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