Bread and Salt

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Bread and Salt
Maturity midseason
Growth habit det.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape oblate
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type commercial
Country Russia

This is not the original name of the tomato - see Khlebosolnye


  • This is a Russian commercial variety Khlebosolnye, named for the long held tradition in Russia to give special guests a loaf of bread and salt as they arrive. In Russian culture bread is associated with hospitality, and salt has an association with long friendship.
  • Vended by number of Russian commercial seed vendors in the late 2000s, including 'Sibirskiy Sad'.
  • First introduced commercially in North America by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in 2010, under translated name Bread and Salt. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog picture does not match the pictures given by Russian seed vendors for Khlebosolnye. It should be a bright red oblate tomato, but what is sold in the North America is a heart-shaped tomato. There must be some seed mixup happened in the seed exchange transaction between Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and a Russian seed saver, or the variety was not entirely stable. I suspect the stability could have been an issue, as the Russian vendor 'Sibirskiy Sad' shortly released another variation of this tomato named Khlebosolnyi Rozovyi (pink).

Russian name: Хлебосольные

the name means 'Bread and Salt' in Russian.

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2012 Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (heart) 2 1
2011 Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 1 1 (correct oblate shape)
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