Tasmanian Chocolate

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Tasmanian Chocolate
Maturity midseason
Growth habit dwarf, indet.
Leaf type regular, rugose
Fruit color purple, black
Fruit shape beefsteak, oblate
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type stabilized intentional cross, created heirloom
Country Australia, USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Tasmanian Chocolate - sliced fruit. 2012-11-06.


Indet., dwarf (tree-type) plants with regular rugose foliage that can grow quite tall, over 5'. Fruits are shaped like flattened beefsteaks and have very good balanced flavor. 4-12 oz. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) 11 / Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany 11

Year grown: 2012, 2015

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


Mid-season. Provides the color, size and shape of Paul Robeson, but on a dwarf growing plant. Regular leaf, dark green rugose foliage, stout central stem, grows to 3-4 feet tall - perfect for a large pot, and yields tomatoes until killed by frost. Fruit are oblate, ranging from 5 to up to 12 ounces, and ripen to a deep mahogany color. Flavor is full, balanced and delicious.
I grew out vial 2813, F6 seed which I got from Reinhard Kraft and is the CV seed source. Plant habit and leaf shape as expected - Semi -determinate regular leaf dwarf, first ripe fruit in 60 days, but got something akin to Tomato Spotted Wilt - stunted and killed the plant after one large, nice fruit. Yield could not be judged because of this, but typically is a heavy yielder. Fruit was oblate and 7 ounces and brown (a yellow skinned black variety). Flavor balanced and very good, best example I've tasted, and came in at 7.5. This performed better in the flavor department, though the early demise was a disappointment. I saved F7 seed as vial 11-34. I also grew out F6 selection vial 2852, grown by Paul Fish in 2010. This plant did much better performance wise and is still pretty healthy and producing fruit. Fruits tend to be oblate, at around 6 ounces, and brown in color, with the same good flavor, at 7.5. F7 seeds are saved as 11-136. I consider these to be essentially the same. This is a good variety to get out as a medium to medium large, oblate brown tomato, with its main questions being disease tolerance. There are better flavored brown tomatoes coming along, but I anxiously await hearing how customers liked this one.

Seed source:

Dwarf Tomato Project: F6 seed from Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany (CV source)

Year grown: 2011

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina


Seed source:

Reinhard Kraft, Neukirchen, Germany

Year grown: 2013

Location: Lohsa, Germany


  • Developed in the 2006-2011 by the members of the Dwarf Tomato Project from a cross between New Big Dwarf (an historic large fruited pink dwarf) and Paul Robeson, made in 2006 by Patrina Nuske Small in Australia. The variety was selected and named by Linda Reid of Tasmania.
  • Others involved in its development are Craig LeHoullier (North Carolina), Lee Newman, Greg Fee, Michael Volk (Texas), Tim McElroy, Howard Kushner, Paul Fish and Bill Minkey (Wisconsin).
  • Victory Seed Company introduced the variety in 2011.
  • More information about the development of this cultivar can be found on the Dwarf Tomato Project website.


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