The Black Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

Black Cherry ($5.95) F/C (Ch) (VE) 65 days. A perfectly round cherry tomato with classic black tomato flavor, sweet, yet rich, smoky and complex. Fruit picks easily from the stem and is produced in abundance on vigorous, tall plants. These cherries are irresistibly delicious: look like a  black cherry, taste like a sweet cherry-- a unique addition to the color and flavor spectrum of cherry tomatoes for your garden, along with our other cherries, it makes a dazzling display for any table. Just outstanding. These guys got eaten moments after the photograph was taken.  :)

 

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Black Ethiopian ($5.95)  80 days.  This spectacular tomato from the Ukraine has an exquisite flavor – just knocks me out. Be prepared for extremely heavy production of deep reddish brown-bronze 5 oz. luscious plum shaped tomatoes, sweet, rich and tangy – just ambrosial.

 

Black Ethiopian’s exceptional production and splendid flavor have made it highly prized in the tomato world.  A beautiful and rare tomato which bears all season long.

 

 

 

 

 

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Black From Tula ($5.95)  75 days. The largest of the irresistably luscious black tomatoes, this big old-time Russian beauty produces a heavy crop of 4 inch,12 to 14 ounce, deep garnet-mahogany with all the promise of the smoky rich flavor for which the blacks are renown. Sweet and earthy, its mouth-watering flavor will make your eyes roll back in your head. One of Laurel's all-time favorites.

 

 

 

  

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Black Krim ($5.95) 75 days (E) This much sought after Russian variety is unique and unforgettable, originally from Krim on the Black Sea in the former Soviet Union, Black Krim has a superb smoky sweetness with a delicate lingering touch of tang in a 4-6" slightly flattened, mahogany-colored fruit with lovely, deep green shoulders. Setting fruit at higher temperatures, it is superb and very easy to grow. (It is not the same variety as Noir de Crimeé).  

 

 

 

  Black Plum ($5.95) 75 days. F/C  (E) (P-S) This marvelous plant offers a very heavy production of rich, sweet, fruity, elongated, mahogany plum-shaped 3" fruits that fall into your hands by the dozens as you pick them. This one is outstanding eaten fresh, or sliced in a salad, with a rich smoky sweetness and a delicate touch of tartness to its creamy flesh, it makes a fabulous and perfectly balanced sauce or paste and is becoming a great favorite for canning. I like it fresh off the vine for straight-up garden snackin'. First place winner at the TomatoMania tasting of 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

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Carbon ($5.95)       78 days. This long-time favorite of mine is a real knock-out.  I've been custom growing it for several distinguished customers and they've convinced me to add it for 2015. It produces a heavy crop of 10 to 14 oz., beautiful purple-brown; most fruits are darker than the one in the photograph making this among of the darkest of the black tomatoes with delicious, rich, complex flavors that we treasure in the black tomatoes. This high producing, richly flavored tomato is a favorite of market gardeners and chefs.

 

 

 

          

Cherokee Purple ($5.95) (HG) (E)       75 days. A legendary and beautiful tomato, at least 100 years old and said to be grown by the Cherokee People. 12 oz. deep dark dusky rose-purple, deep red inside, with sweet, rich and smoky, luscious flavor. Cherokee Purple is a garden staple, in everyone's favorite list for a good reason-- disease resistant, reliable and easy to grow, and great one for your heirloom or heritage garden. Seeds were sent to Craig Lehoullier by JD Green of Tennessee who got them from a neighbor whose family had grown them for more than 100 years.  In 1990 Craig named it Cherokee Purple.

 

 

 

 

Cherokee Chocolate ($6.25)        75 days.

This 4-inch beefsteak variety has developed a great following among celebrity chefs because of its exceptionally rich tomato flavors and wonderful chocolate mahogany color. Since a recent TV show aired, I've had many requests Cherokee Chocolate, so here it is!

 

Ripening to exactly the color of chocolate, this rogue heirloom was stabilized by Craig LeHoullier, author of  the best tomato book ever: 'Epic Tomatoes' and originated in his garden from the popular old heirloom from Tennessee, Cherokee Purple.

 

 

  

Chocolate Amazon aka Amazon Chocolate ($5.95)      

80 days. This exceedingly rare, beautiful and incredibly delicious variety is the first tomato that I can say rivals my all-time favorite, Paul Robeson. Everyone who tastes it goes mad with tomato love and says it is the best tasting tomato they have ever tried, bar none. The flavor of this deep chocolate-brown tomato, as described by Lisa of Amishland Heirloom Seeds, " a distinctive, winey, smoky, rich taste and fabulous color."  Lisa was the first to offer seeds of Chocolate Amazon which were sent to her by her Ukrainian friend, Sergey. Double the size of most other black tomatoes, reaching 1 lb. or more, extremely prolific and pumping out sweet, luscious, juicy tomatoes right into the cooler weather, Chocolate Amazon is in our top three discoveries for your 2009 garden. Lisa's beautiful photographs are used with her kind permission.

 

 

 

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Chocolate Stripes ($5.95)     85 days.

Among the largest of the black tomatoes, this one was among the top 3 winners of TomatoFest 2007. Reaching 4 inches and ripening to  mahogany brown with dark olive green stripes, these fruits have enormous old-time tomato flavor and an appearance similar to Black Zebra, but huge! A plentiful harvest, stunning beauty and out-of-this-world taste make Chocolate Stripes a rare treat in your garden.

 

 

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(Dwarf) Tasmanian Chocolate ($6.25)     (E)  65 days 

Big tomato, little plant. Tasmanian Chocolate is a beautiful variety that produces huge tomatoes on very compact plants. Large, beefsteak style fruits can grow to almost a pound and ripen to a deep chocolate-red. What really makes it unique is the dwarf growing habit, with small plants only growing to 2-3 feet, but still loaded with fruits! Great for small spaces and containers.

 

 

 

 

Japanese Black Trifele AKA Japanese Black Truffle ($5.95)        (SM) 80 days. Japanese Black Trifele, which translates to truffle, is a medium sized, juicy 3 to 4" inch long 6 -8 ounce pear-shaped, deep purple-black tomato with pretty green shouldersIn Russia the Trifele varieties of tomatoes--of  which there are several colors--are highly prized and command high prices. Growing on a short potato-leafed plant, it's the size and shape of a Bartlett pear and among the darkest hued and finest flavored of the black tomatoes.

 

The skin is smooth and crack resistant and production is huge. Don't over-water and you will be rewarded with flavor that is deep, chocolaty, smoky and rich, just wonderful. Took their picture and ate 'em.

 

 

   

 

Paul Robeson ($5.95) (VE)  (HG)       65-70 days. This is my all-time favorite tomato and our top seller.

It is a gorgeous, dark and dusky-hued fruit with intensely sweet earthy taste with a hint of tanginess, a luscious velvety smooth texture, beautiful skin, rich with juice and high production. You will love it. The seed was made available by Marina Danilenko, a Moscow seedswoman. 

This luxurious tomato is named for Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the elegant, renowned and charismatic operatic singer, law school graduate, champion athlete, film star, stage actor and boundlessly brave champion of civil and personal rights throughout the world. This marvelous plant will give you its perfect 3" - 4" fruit in only 65 days from planting. Incredible; a symphony. I do believe this is the finest tomato in existence.   

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Southern Night ($6.25)       80 days

 

Look at this beauty! Here's another fabulous black variety that I've grown in my personal stash for a long time. It's time to share it with you guys. Rich, sweet, smoky, intense flavors and beguiling color along with big production of large 12 ounce to one pound deep, dark and dusky hued treasures make Southern Night an elegant addition to your black tomato collection.

Growing on gorgeous potato-leafed plants, these magnificent fruits are purple-chocolate beefsteaks with some dark green shoulders. Great choice for sandwiches, salads or sauce. Also showing excellent disease resistance.

 

 

 

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