Golden King of Siberia
|Golden King of Siberia|
|Variety type||open-pollinated, commercial|
- This is a really cool-looking tomato. Mine had vertical stripes of a sort (not like Green Zebra's), which I had not noticed in Baker Creek's description; the stripes contribute to its golden appearance. The plant was quite wispy, but produced large oxhearts (maybe a pound each). Production was okay, considering the growing conditions. It did not set fruit in 90+° F. temperatures. I picked the first one on 25 Sep 2015 (but upon further inspection I decided to let it ripen another day or two indoors). Taste was great, but it tasted like it's supposed to taste better (I tasted hints of awesomeness). It was a very filling tomato (I didn't feel like I could eat it all day—quite the opposite of Pruden's Purple here). It looked layered inside like an onion or something. My neighbor also enjoyed it (more than I did). The color was a unique shade of yellow. It didn't turn orange at all, either. Mine were shiny, unlike the ones pictured at Baker Creek (and they're not fuzzy at all, if the pictures gave you that impression). Because of the wispy, sparse foliage, it was very easy to see the fruits.
- rareseeds.com (purchased 15 Apr 2015)
Year grown: 2015
Location: New Plymouth, Idaho
- It is NOT an authentic Russian variety.
- There are two Russian commercial varieties, Korol Sibiri and Zolotoy Korol. Both varieties were sent to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds by Valery Popenko, a seed vendor from Kazakhstan. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds grew both varieties and found them to be similar, likely because the translated names were quite similar, or there was some misunderstanding because of the language barrier. In 2010 Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offered the seeds under a new name, which was a combination of their translated names - 'King of Siberia' and 'Golden King'.
- It is now hard to say which one of the two Russian varieties was commercially offered Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds . It is possible that it could also have been a mix of the two.
- Valery Popenko contacted Tatiana in February 2013 to clarify the story of the tomato, and the above was written based on the details he provided.
Russian name: Золотой Король; Король Сибири
- The names mean 'Golden King' and 'King of Siberia' in Russian.
Description in Russian
Also known as
Patty Brown, OH. Golden King of Siberia - ripe fruit. 2010. (Uploaded with owner's permission.)
|Year||Commercial Vendors||Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings)||Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)|
|2013||Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Delectation of Tomatoes - new
|2012||Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds||.||.|
|2011||Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds||.||.|
|2010||Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - new||0||.|
|Also known as||Korol Sibiri + and Zolotoy Korol +|
|Description in Russian|
|Fruit color||yellow +|
|Fruit shape||heart +|
|Fruit size||large +|
|Fruit type||slicer +|
|Growth habit||indet. +|
|History||* It is NOT an authentic Russian variety.
… * It is NOT an authentic Russian variety.
|Member code||ID DE M +|
|Russian name||Золотой Король; Король Сибири +|
|Translation||The names mean 'Golden King' and 'King of Siberia' in Russian.|
|Variety type||open-pollinated + and commercial +|
|Vendor||Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds + and Delectation of Tomatoes +|