Dwarf Wild Fred

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Dwarf Wild Fred
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet., dwarf
Leaf type regular, rugose
Fruit color black, purple
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type stabilized intentional cross, created heirloom
Country USA, Australia
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Dwarf Wild Fred - ripe fruit. 2014-08-06.


Indet. dwarf (tree-type) plants with rugose regular leaf produce loads of large black/purple fruits that are shaped like beefsteaks. 6-12 oz. Excellent flavor, rich and smoky, with some sweetness. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

1. a plant from Jeannine Chalmers, Coquitlam, BC, Canada 11 / Tomato Growers Supply 11
2. Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) (F8, vial 11-35) / Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B) 11

Year grown: 2011(1), 2012(2), 2014(2)

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


I grew out vial 2815, F7 seed which I got from Bill Minkey and is the CV seed source. Plant habit and leaf shape as expected - Indeterminate regular leaf dwarf, first ripe fruit in 66 days. Plant succumbed to wilt a few weeks ago and has been pulled. Yield was fair, but fruit set was good and if it hadn't become sick would have yielded well. Fruit are oblate, smooth and a bit irregular, in the 8-10 ounce range with a few larger, and a nice even purple. Flavor was balanced and excellent in the 8 out of 10 range. This exceeded my flavor expectations; though not quite in the same category as Rosella Purple, it is a fine variety. The F8 seed is saved in vials 11-35.
Dwarf Project: F7 seed from Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B) (CV source)

Year: 2011

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina


  • Developed in the 2006-2011 by the members of the Dwarf Tomato Project from a cross between Carbon with New Big Dwarf made in 2006 by Bruce Bradshaw, and named Sleazy. Others involved in its development are Martha Hufford, Vincent LaValle, Michael Volk (Texas), Frederick Denny (Germany), Lyne Rancourt (Canada), Doug McSee (Australia), and Bill Minkey (Wisconsin).
  • First introduced commercially by Tomato Growers Supply in 2011.
  • This variety was selected and named by Craig LeHoullier after his father Wilfred, from a humorous misspelling of his name in a church bulletin.
  • More information about the development of this cultivar can be found on the Dwarf Tomato Project website.
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 2013 Yearbook by Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B), seeds from Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C).


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