Tomato 'Caspian Pink'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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: Caspian Pink
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing


Disease Resistance:

Tobacco Mosaic (T)

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska

Chico, California

Fullerton, California

Los Angeles, California

Manteca, California

Menifee, California

Oakland, California

Rocklin, California

Sacramento, California

San Luis Obispo, California

Littleton, Colorado

Miami, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Plymouth, Michigan

Belton, Missouri

Reno, Nevada

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vinton, Ohio

Grants Pass, Oregon

Wilsonville, Oregon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wexford, Pennsylvania

Franklin, Tennessee

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Joshua, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Pasadena, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 23, 2020, BobMuench from Orem, UT wrote:

I LOVE these tomatoes. They do take a longer season to ripen, and I didn't get a lot of them before the freeze hit, but I'll ripen them indoors. I discovered that if they are watered too often that they crack a lot around the top and become very large. When I changed that, they fared much better. Many of the green, late-season crop were smaller and rounder. I'll experiment next year and see if I can tame this wild tomato somewhat.


On Jun 23, 2013, AlanDog from Woodland, CA wrote:

I grew a few plants from commercial seedlings from a chain store and they were awesome, best tomatoes ever. Then I bought some seeds online and grew them. They were a completely different tomato, had very few tomatoes that cracked and were not great. My guess from my experience and reading these variable reviews is that seeds and plants labeled "Caspian Pink" are actually a variety of strains that originated from the same area. This is just a theory. Boy, I really wish I saved the seeds to those first plants I got!


On Aug 30, 2011, turtleheart from Wexford, PA wrote:

one of the best flavors in pinks. better than brandywine. erratic shape, and heat and disease susceptibility are the downsides to this delicious beefsteak type.


On Jul 16, 2011, Californian from Fullerton, CA wrote:

Almost all my Caspian Pink tomatoes were ruined by sun scald. Those that weren't had a bland taste like a supermarket tomato.
However I did let this plant sprawl because I ran out of cages, possibly the sun scald damage would have been less if caged.
Too many better tomatoes to risk planting this again.


On Jul 11, 2011, MustafaMc from Leland, MS wrote:

This variety was the most susceptible to diseases among the 12 that I grew this year. Very few fruit were produced.


On Feb 7, 2009, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Caspian Pink does really well for me down here, no disease problems and pretty low acid too (which I like). I always grow one plant every spring, and its productive too.


On Jun 17, 2008, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Caspian Pinks range from large to huge, and have a nice, sweet tomatoey flavor. They are late season but prolific. One of my favorites.


On Sep 6, 2007, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have grown Caspian Pink for years. If I get them in early enough, I get a few by the end of the season. Our growing season here is very short but these tomatoes sometimes make it. I have not have any disease problems with them but sometimes have to console myself with large green ones. They are huge tomatoes, sometimes not perfect in appearance, but always fabulous in taste. I never get Brandywines, but I usually get Caspian Pinks. Perhaps someday I will get Brandywines and learn how they compare.
Great for high desert, short growing seasons if you get them in the ground early enough.


On Aug 31, 2004, billbird2111 from Sacramento, CA wrote:

This is a fantastic tomato! It got started late for us, and really didn't begin to produce ripened fruit until mid to late July. Now it's producing armloads of what my wife and I like to call "Caspian Footballs."

It's not necessarily shaped like a football. But they are huge tomatoes and are excellent in salads, sliced for turkey burgers, ground and chopped for salsa (they roast extremely well), or blended and boiled into an excellent tomato sauce.

This was our first year for growing heirloom tomatoes. I am sold on this one and will grow it for years to come. While there is some cracking due to the intense size of this tomato, it's very easy to overlook. Most are pure beauties!


On Oct 22, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

'Caspian Pink' is one of the many varieties that I have tried on the basis of an appealing description. In three successive years of planting, I have yet to get a plant to the stage of even setting tomatoes. It is very disease susceptible, especially to nematodes.


On Sep 13, 2003, dokutaaguriin from Airdrie,
Canada (Zone 3a) wrote:

I have found that 'Caspian Pink' is prone to cracking and incomplete ripening but this is by far the BEST tasting tomato I've ever grown. The seed is from McKenzie (Select Series)


On Aug 30, 2003, anioleka from Grants Pass, OR wrote:

I've grown 'Caspian Pink' for many years. In Russia, the variety is called 'Caspinski Rosovije' and the variety is from the general vicinity of Taganrog city on the coast of the Caspian Sea.

I've grown Caspians of many different strains and presently keep only a Russian strain a friend sent us. This variety will rival Brandywine.

On the other hand, there are many seed sellers who sell so-called 'Caspian Pink' that comes out with potato leaves. These are NOT 'Caspian Pink', but obviously some sort of cross to Brandywine.

REAL 'Caspian Pink' is always indeterminate and regular leafed.


On Mar 19, 2003, Branny wrote:

I've grown 'Caspian Pink' for the last couple years, here in central Ohio (U.S.) They turn out about as big around as a piece of bread, just right for one slice on a sandwich. One slice way overlaps on a hamburger bun! The flavor is delicious, the fruit nice and juicy - my family and I had our own blind taste contest, including 'Caspian Pink', 'Goliath', 'Better Boy', 'Early Girl', 'Maya Plum', and 'Yellow Pear' tomatoes. (Ok, so not the who's who of the tomato world, but that's what was in the garden that year!) At any rate, 'Caspian' was the winner, hands down. ('Yellow Pear' was a close second.)

I haven't had problems with the fruits cracking, or blossom end rot, but I also mulch my tomatoes with straw, to keep their water supply a bit more even. It seems to work great, a... read more


On May 9, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Biggest tomatoes I have ever grown, some more than 3 lbs. Concave shaped-fruit ripens very unevenly making it necessary to pick before ripe to allow to finish ripening off vine.

Some people prefer the taste of this tomato to 'Brandywine'.

Plants are not disease-resistant; fruit cracks very badly.

Plant stems lack strength and sturdiness to support fruit even when tiny; they must be allowed to sprawl on the ground. Sprawling on bare earth allows stems to form extra roots, enabling the plant to grow even bigger fruit, against customary practice of the biggest fruit being the first to develop.