Silvery Fir Tree
73 days, determinate
— The plants are compact (eighteen to twenty four inches high) with unusual, delicate, lacy leaves. Some folks report that it does not require staking. However with the weight of the fruit, we found that it greatly benefits from support. The fruits are red in color, oblate in shape, weigh between four to ten ounces, are meaty and have an excellent flavor.
In Russian it is called 'Serebristaya El' which translates to "Silvery Fir Tree" in English. It is an old Russian variety that was introduced to American seed savers in the early 1990s by Marina Danilenko, a pioneering private seed seller from Moscow during the Perestroika-era. It was given to us by a local farmer friend here in Oregon. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.