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Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color black, brown
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated
Country Russia
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Sputnik - ripe fruit. 2014-08-12.


Indet., regular leaf plants. Medium chocolate/brown beefsteaks with very good flavor. 4-10 oz oz.

Seed source:

Norbert R. Pikovsky, Johnstown, Pennsylvania (PA PI N2) 08

Year grown: 2014

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


80 days, indet., regular leaf plant, good yield of 6-8 oz, reddish brown fruit, very good flavor.

Seed source:

Arche Noah (Austria), c/o Seed Savers' Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa (AUST AR N) 96 / Elmar Dolgener

Year grown:

Location: Oblong, Illinois


  • Originated in the former Soviet Union. Named after the first artificial Earth satellite that was launched into space by the USSR in 1957.
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 1996 Yearbook by Arche Noah, a genetic preservation organization in Austria (AUST AR N), who got the seeds from Elmar Dolgener.
  • Introduced commercially in North America by Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds in 2015.

Russian name: Спутник

The name means 'Satellite' in Russian.

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