This marvelous Russian strain offers a very heavy production of 2-4 oz., 3 inch, elongated, plum-shaped fruits that fall into your hands by the dozens as you pick them. Mahogany-skinned fruits show some green-shoulders, and have the complex flavor gardeners expect in a black/purple type. First place winner at the TomatoMania tasting of 2002. With a rich smoky sweetness and a delicate touch of tartness to its creamy flesh, it makes a fabulous and perfectly balanced salsa, sauce or paste and is becoming a great favorite for canning, yet juicy enough for fresh use. It imparts a slightly dusky hue to sauces. Slice them in half and dry to concentrate the flavor of summer for on-the-go snacking all year long. Strong, crack-resistant skin; it is a robust and trouble free variety. The plants are prolific croppers, and the tall vines will need staking Indeterminate. Matures 70 to 80 days. Packet contains at least 30 seeds.