25 seeds minimum
Germination tested 11/2016: 97%
EFN EXCLUSIVE. The Nistru is a delicious, slightly-pink paste tomato from Moldova named for the Moldavian/Romanian word for the Dniester River. It makes great sauce, paste, or juice, but is also quite good eaten fresh. The fruit are relatively small compared to other plum tomatoes, but the determinate plant makes up for this in flavor and by producing fruit in abundance. It was collected in Moldova in 1981 by the N.I. Vavilov Institute.
Moldova is a little-known country straddling the border between Ukraine and Romania. A wide strip of land along the border considers itself the state of Transnistria, but the international community considers this breakaway state part of Moldova. It has been a "frozen conflict zone" since a brief war following the independence of Moldova after the fall of the Soviet Union. Moldova itself is now the poorest country in Europe, and many of its rural citizens have fled to cities or to other parts of Europe in search of opportunity.