3416 Solanum lycopersicum
(Semi-determinate. 68 days.)
The first choice from our 2009 trials for taste and early ripening! An old Ukrainian tomato, renamed in 1971 for the Russian cosmonaut who died on a mission in out-er space. He must have been quite the guy, as this is quite the tomato. Large, slightly flattened, red, beefsteak-type fruits with yellow shoulders. Rich flavour that excelled in our less-than-perfect 2009 growing season.