Purple Dog Creek

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Purple Dog Creek
Maturity late
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type family heirloom
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Purple Dog Creek - ripe fruit. 2013-09-13.


Indet., regular leaf, large pink beefsteaks with smooth shoulders and very good flavor. 12-16 oz. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

1. Doug Zuknick, Romney, West Virginia 07
2. Susan Anderson of Elgin, Texas (TX AN S) 11 / Neil Lockhart of Oblong, Illinois (IL LO N) 08 / Doug Zuknick, Romney, West Virginia 06
3. Kath Weidemoyer, Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania 12 / "michigander gardener" at Tomatoville forum

Year grown: 2011 (1, crop failure), 2013(1)

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


85 days, indet., regular leaf plant with a good yield of 16-24 oz pink beefsteak fruit, excellent flavor.

Seed source:

Doug Zuknick, Romney, West Virginia 06

Year grown: 2007

Location: Oblong, Illinois


If they gave out blue ribbons for taste alone, this tomato would be sure to win. It won in our own taste contest - sweet, yes, but a complex blend of sweet tastes all mixed up. Hard to describe! We might call it pink, but in times past this tomato color was called purple. They weigh in the one pound range, and produced right through the drought.

Seed source:

Terry Raso

Year grown: 2008

Location: Sonora, Kentucky


75 days, indet., regular leaf, huge pink beefsteak up to 2 lbs., tremendously productive, a new favorite must grow.

Seed source:

Doug Zuknick, Romney, West Virginia 06

Year grown: 2007

Location: Pasadena, Texas


80 days, indeterminate, regular leaf plant with good production of 1 to 2 pound pink beefsteak fruit. Another really good tasting large pink beefsteak, but subject to sunscald.

Seed source:

James "Spud" Raney, Martinsburg, West Virginia

Year grown: 2005, 2006

Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia 2005


  • A family heirloom from the small community of Dog Creek near Munfordville, Kentucky.
  • Collected by Randy Sine of West Virginia. This is a story that Randy shared:
  • "Members of the Winchester Avenue Church in Martinsburg, WV did charity work in depressed rural Appalachian communities. They did renovations of churches and barns and basically helped out in whatever way they could. At one of the communities in the Purple Dog Creek region of Kentucky near Munfordville a picnic dinner was given as a "thank you". Mr. Bill Hoffman as if he could take of couple of the tomatoes with him for his friend. Bill brought the tomatoes back to Martinsburg and gave them to my friend Spud Raney. Spud ate one to taste it and saved seeds from the other. Spud then called me and said I've got a good one, you might want to come get seeds. I traded with people and listed it in the SSE and Spud sells through the WV Market Bulletin. Between us we got the tomato into circulation."
  • Introduced to SSE in 2008 by four members.

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