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Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape heart
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer, paste, canner, cooking
Variety type heirloom
Country Russia
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Bychok - ripe fruit. 2012-10-03.


Indet., regular leaf plant with wispy foliage, very good yield of pink heart-shaped fruit, excellent sweet flavor, very few seeds and meaty flesh. 6-16 oz. One of our favorite heart-shaped tomatoes we got from the Russian city where we lived before we moved to Canada in 1996. (very limited, 15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Anna Kukharchik, South Urals, Russia

Year grown: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012

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


80 days, indet., regular leaf with a high yield of pink oxheart fruit, very good flavor, from South Urals, Russia.
Michael Gunn of Pasadena, Texas (TX GU R) 05 (Michael Gunn, Texas) / Tatiana Kouchnareva, Anmore, BC (B.C KO T)


  • Russian variety introduced to North American tomato gardeners by Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T) in 2003. Tatiana obtained the seeds from her mother-in-law in the late 1990s.
  • This is likely a strain of the known Russian pink heart-shaped variety, Bychje Serdtse, which has been grown for years in South Urals region by Tatiana's husband's grandmother, Anna Kukharchik, on her farm in the 1980-1990s. Anna had been saving seeds from selected plants for best quality fruit and disease resistance in the cold and short summer area (zone 3).


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CountryRussia +
Fruit colorpink +
Fruit shapeheart +
Fruit sizemedium +
Fruit typeslicer +, paste +, canner + and cooking +
Growth habitindet. +
Leafregular +
Maturitymidseason +
MemberB.C KO T + and IL LO N +
Variety typeheirloom +
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