Tomato Egyptian

A black/brown plum shaped heritage tomato on indeterminate plants.


In our experience, this is a deep red/brown plum shaped fruit with green shoulders which we grew in 2015 getting a reasonable crop of variable sized fruit with a good colour and reasonable taste.

Their history includes an impossible story, that seeds were found in a 4000 year old Egyptian Tomb and that they were germinated from that. Now this is "wrong" in a number of ways: There is no evidence that tomatoes existed 4000 years ago; They were developed by the Aztecs some 3000 years ago and it is unlikely that they travelled to Egypt. However, its a fun story and possibly relates to being found in an Aztec Pyramid sometime and been distorted by Chinese Whispers over time.

Its quite difficult to know whether we would grow these again, they’re good for sauces but then so are most of the black/brown varieties but they do grow reasonably well.

Egyptian Tomato on the Plant
Egyptian Tomato for Size Comparison
Egyptian tomato internal view

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Cooking/Plum
  • Fruit Shape: Plum
  • Fruit Size: Medium/Variable
  • Fruit Colour: Red/Brown
  • Flesh Colour: Brown
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid
  • Taste: Rich for Sauce
  • Fruit per Truss:6-10
  • Truss Spacing: 15-18 inches
  • Alternatives: Black Plum
  • Our Source: Pennard Plants

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