EFN EXCLUSIVE.'Minsk Early', or 'Minskiy Ranniy', is one of the earliest tomatoes you'll ever find. We're eating them by the handful come July. Picked at peak ripeness, this small to medium-sized tomato has a lovely sweet-tart flavor and a pleasant texture. It's very productive too. Do not confuse with 'Orange Minsk,' a completely different heirloom. 'Minsk Early' is bright red.
We are curious to what extent this variety competes with other early varieties. Dusty just grew it this past year in Minnesota, and it was early! Plants were put in the ground late May and started producing fruit in mid July in southern Minnesota in 2018. Seems to want to produce a bunch all at once and then fade away. Plants do not get very big, and instead will put all its energy into producing fruit.
***May have a role for edible landscapers or garden designers, given this variety's ability to produce abundantly in a small space.
GROWING TIPS: Start seeds indoors in March or early April, transplant outside after danger of last frost. Space plants 12-18 inches apart. They will benefit from a trellis or tomato cage. Full sun preferred.