Russian Cossack


  • Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
  • Plant growth: semi-determinate
  • Leaf type: regular leaf
  • Time to maturity: midseason
  • Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20+
  • Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases

“Russian Cossack,” by Tom Wagner, has “Black Russian” in its pedigree (but I cannot locate further pedigree information). It was distributed in a very early generation as F1 and F2, pretty much throughout Europe and the US sometime around 2012 or possibly earlier. Many resultant segregates occurred from grower to grower, so Russian Cossack became known as a variety with stripes, without stripes, pink with green stripes, large beefsteak, small salad, antho shoulders, no antho… But I did find the breeder’s description of what seems to be an original fruit: “Russian Cossack was a single plant grown by my friend Sue in Mukilteo, Washington. It was a 2- 1/2 inch black tomato with pink and green stripes on a semi-determinate vine.” The original fruit may have been a true black (dark flesh with yellow epidermis), as Black Russian is. The fruits I have, however, are purple, not black (clear epi with retained chlorophyll = purple, not black…but some folks use the word “black” to describe the retained chlorophyll in general) with nice green stripes, purple flesh, 2- 1/2″ salads, on a semi-determinate plant. It set fruit abundantly and was one of my most vigorously growing seedlings. According to my tasting notes, the flavor was mild for a dark-fleshed variety, and the fruits were very juicy. People who don’t care for the deep, intense flavor of many dark varieties would likely enjoy Russian Cossack.

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