1884 Purple

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1884 Purple
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color black
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated
Country Canada
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). 1884 Purple - sliced fruit. 2012-10-10.


Indet., regular leaf plant with excellent yield of large, black/purple beefsteak fruits with green shoulders, 8-20 oz, very meaty, juicy, sweet, rich, outstanding flavor, creamy flesh. (limited, 15 seeds / packet)
The seeds offered in our 2014 seed catalog were raised by Heritage Tomato Seed , and we are so grateful to Steve McClaren for donating the seeds to us.

Seed source:

1. Jeff Casey, Alberta, Canada 06 / Michael Gunn of Pasadena, Texas (TX GU R)
2. Heritage Tomato Seed 14 / Gary Gragg, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 13

Year grown: 2006, 2011 (crop failure), 2012, 2013*(2)

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


75-80 days, indet., regular leaf plant with average yield of lovely, purple-pink beefsteak fruits, sometimes with apple green shoulders, 12-24 oz, outstanding flavor.

Seed source:

Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T) 07 / Jeff Casey, Alberta, Canada 06 / Michael Gunn of Pasadena, Texas (TX GU R)

Year grown: 2008

Location: Bastrop, Texas


  • Jeff Casey of Alberta, Canada received the seeds for the "1884" tomato from Michael Gunn of Pasadena, Texas in 2005, and shared with Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T) in Dec 2005. Both Jeff and Tatiana grew it in 2006 and observed large, dark-black-purple fruits which, in Tatiana's opinion, were better than the original 1884. Tatiana named it "1884 Purple" to highlight fruit color difference compared to 1884.

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