OH. This is one of the first tomatoes I grew in my university days, studying sustainable agriculture. So, I was pleased when our seed saving friend, Jenny Freemantle, shared the seeds with us this spring. As it turns out, this old heirloom did not become commercially available until the 90’s. It is attributed to being from Eastern Kentucky and grown by a woman by the name of Mrs. Pruden. Also known by the names Pruden Purple, Prudens Purple, and Prudence Purple, as well as Potato Top and Peruvian Black. In nineteenth Century tomato terminology, "purple" always referred to what we now call pink, which may explain the name. It has a fantastic sweet taste that rivals Brandywine and some say it is easier to grow. A potato leaf variety, with large, dark pink fruit weighing up to 425g. The flavour is nice and balanced between sweet and tart. Indeterminant.
Sow in August into trays in a glasshouse. Keep soil temp above 18°C for ideal germination. Prick out when true leaves appear to 4cm diagonal spacing. Transplant after last frost to 40cm diagonal spacing into fertile ground in direct sun. Stake and de-lateral as needed.