Big Sungold Select

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Big Sungold Select
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color orange
Fruit shape round
Fruit size cherry
Fruit type cherry
Variety type open-pollinated
Country Austria
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Big Sungold Select - ripe fruit. 2010-08-29.


indet., regular leaf, plants are more compact than SunGold F1 plants. Fruits are slightly larger than Sungold F1, and lighter orange color. The taste is excellent, strong, both acidic and sweet.

Seed source:

Theodore Corbett of Reichenbach-Steegen, Germany (GERM CO T) 10 / Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany

Year grown: 2010

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


Indeterminate, regular leaf, 1 1/2 inch cherries. Slightly larger than Sungold F1, the color was more red/orange than Sungold F1. The taste was not as sweet but still very good. Production was also a bit less. All in all, not bad. Early/mid season, 70 days.
Carolyn Male of Salem, New York (NY MA C) 10

Year: 2010

Location: LaFollette, Tennessee, USA


This is a fairly nice variety. Production is good. It seemed fairly reliable once it started to produce. Mine didn't produce all season (but most of it). It was earlier than most, but probably not early. I liked the taste and shape quite a bit. I ate the first one with cheese (so that's probably why the flavor reminds me of cheese now). They were a goldish orange and were large cherries. The shape was kind of blocky (at least at first; I think perhaps they eventually became round). Mine weren't acidic. They were kind of sweet (but probably not as sweet as Sungold F1; definitely not as sweet as Ron's Carbon Copy or Medovaya Kaplya). I gave a friend of mine (not in the same area) some seeds from the same packet, and she said she got both red and orange fruits. She vastly preferred the taste of the red ones (but she did enjoy the orange ones); her red fruits were also sort of blocky. My fruits were not prone to cracking; they were firm and opaque (you couldn't see the veins through the skin).

Seed source: (purchased on 1 Jan 2016)

Year grown: 2016

Location: New Plymouth, Idaho


  • One of a de-hybridized lines from SunGold F1 that was developed by a tomato grower in Austria. The person sent a seed sample to Manfred Hamm in Germany, who shared it with Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany . Reinhard Kraft grew some of them out in the 2000s and found one with bigger fruits which he then called Big Sungold Select. See [1] for more details.
  • It appeared that the seeds of Big Sungold Select that Reinhard Kraft distributed in the late 2000s were not completely stable, and some growers got both orange and red colored fruits.
  • First offered at the Seed Savers 2010 Yearbook by Carolyn Male of Salem, New York (NY MA C) and Nancy Kirch of Binghamton, New York (NY KI N).


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