Ailsa Craig

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Ailsa Craig
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape round
Fruit size small
Fruit type salad
Variety type commercial heirloom, open-pollinated
Country Scotland
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Ailsa Craig - sliced fruit. 2015-07-16.


Indeterminate, regular leaf. Small round red tomatoes growing in clusters of 6-8, about 1-1.5 oz, more acidic than sweet. Very good taste.

Seed source:

Terra Edibles 04 [1]

Year grown: 2006, 2015

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


  • Heirloom tomato from the early 1900s.
  • Bred by Alan Balch from a cross of Fillbasket and Sunrise, and introduced in 1912 by the seed vendor Alexander and Brown of Perth, Scotland.
  • According to U.C.DAVIS Plant Sciences, "Ailsa Craig is a variety of tomato that has been an experimental staple of tomato molecular biology and biotechnology. Originally Ailsa Craig, named for a small rocky island off the coast of England, was grown for greenhouse production of tomatoes in Great Britain. Apparently this crop is particularly important for English breakfasts. " This statement is not entirely correct, as this island is off the coast of Scotland, near Girvan.
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), PI 262995. Donated to USDA in 1960.


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