One of the oldest and most popular heirloom varieties of black tomatoes! 36-48” heat tolerant plants produce meaty, flattened globe shape, 8-12 oz beautifully colored beefsteak type fruits: unusual dark red/purplish/black skin with dark green shoulders and reddish black flesh. Extremely rich in flavor with a slight saltiness: Unbeatable old-fashioned true tomato flavor! Fruits darken in color and get sweeter with extended heat exposure and maturation. Always a favorite in home gardens, it is becoming the new gourmet tomato at restaurants and fresh markets. Excellent for salads, slicing and juicing. Highly recommended to stake or cage.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
Indeterminates produce plants as large as you will allow them to grow. They have many widely spaced branches, numerous suckers, and produce tomatoes all season long. These are the varieties that can be manipulated in all sorts of fashion to make the plants conform to your needs.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.