Chris Ukrainian

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Chris Ukrainian
Maturity late
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape oblate, beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type family heirloom
Country Ukraine


Late season, indet., regular leaf, very large pink beefsteaks with some semi-hollow seed cavities (may be environmental), 16-40 oz, good flavor, but the first fruits were somewhat mealy, which also could be environmental. Low producer.
Plants and fruits grown side-by-side from both seed sources were identical.

Seed source:

1. CA BL L 05 (Linda Black, California) / John Smarsz, Australia
2. Maryanne Laukaitis, MA 06 / John Smarsz, Australia
3. Carolyn Male, Salem, New York 11 (2003)

Year grown: 2009, 2011 (#3, crop failure, 0% germination))

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


90 days, indet., regular leaf plant with high yield of 1 lb pink fruit, very good flavor.
MD WY C 00 (Chuck Wyatt, Maryland) / NY MA C (Carolyn Male of Latham, New York)

Location: Oblong, Illinois


  • A family heirloom from Ukraine.
  • Seed was collected by Dr. Carolyn Male of Salem, New York from a plumber Krzysztos (Chris) Syzymanski, who was an immigrant from the Ukraine. Hence the name, 'Chris Ukrainian'.

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