Paul Robeson Tomato
- Dusky brick red fruits with green shoulders
- Fruits grow to 6-12 ounces
- Known for its smoky and earthy flavor with a good acid/sweet balance
- Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
- 80-90 days from transplant
Russian developed variety with a dedicated following among tomato connoisseurs. Named in honor of Paul Robeson (1898-1976), famous African-American actor, singer, and civil rights advocate. Dusky brick red fruits with dark green shoulders and red flesh; 6-12 ounces. Known for its distinctive flavor—smoky and earthy with a perfect acid/sweet balance. Indeterminate, 80-90 days from transplant.
Learn to Grow Paul Robeson Tomato
Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
Germination: 7-14 Days
Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
Ratings & Reviews
One of the best flavored tomatoes I have grown
by Valerie Curtiss
BEST FOR FLAVOR: Slow to germinate, plant extra seeds, or presprout. Late ripening - September for me in NW Montana but when they do... excellent old fashioned sweet smokey, excellent acid/sweet balance. Green tomatoes ripened very slowly indoors as picked before a hard frost but even those were the most delicious of my tomatoes this year. Plant extras as they can be a littel low on production but that may have been where I grew it, and late planting.
Not a good variety for N. TX
These did not do well in North Texas. The plants that did come up didn't produce but one or two fruit. Stick with Cherokee purple or other variety that do well in the heat.
Great flavor, juicy, good texture
Although I didn't get my seed from seed savers, I hope to encourage others to try this tomato. I grew these in a small pot on an east-facing windy balcony in Seattle from a seedling I got from a friend at my local botanical garden. The best tomato I've tasted since I was a kid. Juicy, sweet, minimal seeds. Delicious. I only managed to get a few tomatoes but it was in a small pot with another tomato, and only 6 hours sun per day, max. I will definitely try to grow it again and plant more carefully next time.
My all time favorite
Paul Robeson has been my number one tomato for the last five years. Flavor that far outshines any other tomato, and better production that many other heirloom indeterminates as well. Rich, balance flavor, with a meaty texture. I usually get at least two heavy fruit sets per plant in my southern Wisconsin garden.