Tomato Lukullus

A red standard sized heritage/open pollinated tomato on indeterminate vines.


Another of the tomatoes from the 2019 seed swap that we didn’t have space to grow in 2020 so the description comes from the web, not our own experience.

Said to be a German commercial variety from the 1900s and a cross between Danish Export and Jewel (neither of which we have any experience of). It produced fairly large clusters of medium sized standard shaped tomatoes. One of those “standard red” tomatoes that bulk out the growing but don’t appear to provide anything special.

It seems to have a tendency to some green around the stalk (althogh whether that’s picking them slightly early is a question.

A reader reports: “Recently someone has asked me what my favorite tomato is, and I remembered this weird looking one, with a pointy end, dark green in color, that my kindergarten used to give us after meals. The taste is very unique and the best I have ever encountered, and I love tomatoes so tried quite a few varieties. It is somehow more “savoury” than tomatoes already are. It was said to be lukullus. My parents used to tell me it’s a cheap variety and the kindergarten is skimping on costs… The photos you have on this site look nothing like it though and I didn’t know it could be red.”

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Standard
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size: Standard
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Ripe Days: Mid
  • Taste: Standard
  • Our Source: 2019 SS
  • Origin: Germany
  • Alternatives: Any of the standard Red
  • Fruit per Truss: 8 – 10
  • Truss Spacing: 12 inch

Buy Your Seeds Here

There are a number of places on the web where this seems to be available.

Updated: 21/08/2021