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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Purple Calabash'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Calabash

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3 vendors have this plant for sale.

16 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral carminator1 On Jun 8, 2010, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I was attracted to this tomato because of its smoky color and unusual shape. However the taste was a little too bland for me. I have been using it mainly to make sauce and it does make a good sauce tomatoe, but as far as fresh eating, I am not too impresed. The size of the tomato was on the smallish size as well. Production is really good, does make a nice toamato for salsa.

Positive PotomacGardener On Jul 26, 2009, PotomacGardener from Potomac, MD wrote:

I started this tomato from seed purchased at Monticello (Th. Jefferson's home) in VA in 2002. The plant is growing well and is very healthy - no sign of the Early Blight or the wilt with which my other heirlooms are contending. Very unusual foliage - almost feathery in appearance. Lots of unripe fruit, but none have yet ripened. Will report back once we have harvested and sampled.

Positive notthefunkind On Sep 5, 2008, notthefunkind wrote:

this is one of my favorite tomatoes. it's adorable and the color is just out of sight. and what a fun one to show to people who have never seen it! "that's a *tomato*??" i guess some folks have eaten too many supermarket hybrids. this is also a very beautiful plant. the first year i grew them they were maybe 3 1/2 feet tall, but this year i have some about 5 1/2 feet. wish i had known they had this potential. i would have used taller stakes! o, and not to neglect to mention taste: it's rich and strong with a big bite. but what else would you expect from a mexican tomato that has been around over 400 years.

Positive SLO_Garden On Jul 14, 2008, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

I like this tomato. The ruffled appearance and color make it a conversation piece, and I found the flavor to be comparable to any good black tomato. My plant produced a lot of tomatoes, but they were on the small side.

Neutral Lilypon On Aug 13, 2007, Lilypon from Moose Jaw, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:

First tasting of this tomato left me unimpressed. I found it to be very bland. I've got a number of others ripening so will change my rating if they prove to be tastier than the first one.

Very pretty looking tomato though.

Positive Suze_ On Jul 5, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Good, rich flavor and interesting appearance. However, not much usable flesh because of the extreme ruffled shoulders.

Positive PurplePansies On Sep 17, 2006, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Gorgeous dusty/ dusky purple color. Like a smoked lavender. :) Very nice! tomato. Great flavor. I find the flavor to be moderate, not too heavy or spicey, not very mild or sweet either, but it IS a bit sweet and not a sour type tomato. JUST! lovely and more pleated than some pleated tomatos. Highly! recommended. ;) :)

Positive Sequee On Sep 5, 2004, Sequee from Carmel, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

One of my more successful tomatoes this year. The tomato is fun to grow because it is HEAVILY fluted - absolutely adorable at every stage of growth. Makes a great presentation on a tomato tray. I had some problems with blossom end rot, but once they got growing, they were very successful. They also tend to have heavy catfacing on the bottom, which cuts into the tomatoe's usability. The flavor is dense and smokey - I 've been told it makes a great wine! The only real drawback to me was the skin, which is a little tough for my taste. i found that if I picked it when it was still a bit pinkish, the skin was more manageable.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Mission Viejo, California
Oceanside, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Sanbornville, New Hampshire
Carmel, New York
Elgin, Texas

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