Black Bear

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Black Bear
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color black, purple
Fruit shape beefsteak, irregular
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated
Country Russia
Black Bear - sliced fruit. 2014-08-13.


Indet., regular leaf plants. Large purple/black beefsteak fruits are quite juicy, and have excellent flavor. 8-12 oz. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Nathalie Antaya of Saint-Robert, Quebec, Canada (QUE AN N) 08 / M. Hahm-Hartmann, Germany

Year grown: 2014

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


75 days, indet., regular leaf, 8-14 oz pink-black fruit, excellent flavor, high yield.

Seed source:

Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany 06

Year grown:

Location: Oblong, Illinois


70-75 days, compact indet., regular leaf, high yield of 8-16 oz pink-black beefsteaks, outstanding flavor.

Seed source:

Neil Lockhart of Oblong, Illinois (IL LO N) 07 / Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany 06

Year grown: 2008

Location: Bastrop, Texas


Brownish red tomato, 200-300 g, indet.

Seed source:

M. Hahm-Hartmann

Year grown: 2007, 2011

Location: Quitzdorf am See, Germany


  • Russian origin.
  • First introduced in SSE 2008 Yearbook by Neil Lockhart of Oblong, Illinois (IL LO N), who obtained seeds from Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany .
  • Reinhard Kraft received seeds from Andrey Baranovski of Minsk, Belarus with a translated name that he felt was racially discriminatory. As it appeared to be a great tomato, Mr. Kraft chose a nice neutral name for it - 'Black Bear' - and shared seeds under this new name.
  • The original Russian name for this tomato was Negrityonok. However, Negrityonok is a much smaller tomato compared to what Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany observed in his growouts. It is obvious that just environmental growing conditions could not be responsible for such a huge difference in fruit sizes, therefore it makes sense to consider Black Bear tomato a different strain.

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