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Old 08-11-2006, 04:01 PM   #1
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Ever have black tomatoes?

My wife grew these large reddish brown tomatoes that have a very juicy sweet brick red flesh. Very ugly but good to eat.

http://www.tomatogrowers.com/black.htm

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Old 08-11-2006, 04:19 PM   #2
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A friend of mine in Oregon grew heirloom tomatoes and she had black ones along with deep purple and yellow (much more common). They were beautiful when served all together in salads - especially the mozarella and basil one (sorry, the name escapes me at this moment!).
I tried so hard to find either starts or seeds early this spring but no-body in these parts have heard of them ... perhaps next year!
How are you planning on using yours?
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Old 08-11-2006, 04:21 PM   #3
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A friend of mine in Oregon grew heirloom tomatoes and she had black ones along with deep purple and yellow (much more common). They were beautiful when served all together in salads - especially the mozarella and basil one (sorry, the name escapes me at this moment!).
I tried so hard to find either starts or seeds early this spring but no-body in these parts have heard of them ... perhaps next year!
How are you planning on using yours?
Bacon and tomato sandwiches and plain with salt and pepper.
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Old 08-31-2006, 01:31 AM   #4
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I grew these when I lived in Australia. The variety I planted was called Black Russian. I only put in one plant as I didn't know whether I'd like them.

The flavour was amazing, best tomatoes I ever grew.

Now I live in England - no tomato growing anymore.... Our house is built right on the sidewalk, so no garden, and to grow tomatoes in this part of the world you need a glass house.
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Old 08-31-2006, 01:44 AM   #5
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Some tomato's I bought in France recently were VERY dark and had wrinkly skin. I had just come from Italy and had eaten kilos of the gorgeous Sicilian/Sardinian tomatos that are small and have a lot of green on them. (Also had wrinkly skin. ) So I thought the French ones were a big cousin. They were a huge disappointment. No flavour at all and cost a darned fortune.
Grrrrrrrrrr. I have been know to drive for miles to get a good pomodoro.
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Old 08-31-2006, 04:24 AM   #6
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Firstly, Kyles we have grown tomatos every year we have been in UK for the spring/summer season and WE DONT HAVE GREEN HOUSE! We start them on our windowsills. One summer we did not get out to the country as we planned (we flee our London flat to spend summer weekends, long weekends/any other days we can avoid work with my parents in the West Country) Any way, that year we opened the windows, turned our plants daily and still got good tomatos right from the windowsill! Our flat was quite dark though, as the tomatos blocked all the sun!

I used to live in South of France for a while and there was a woman who specialised in unusual vegetables, I seem to remember he was Dutch, anyway, her black tomatos were divine. The white tomatos were really not worth trying a second time....they neither looked or tasted that good.
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Old 09-04-2006, 03:27 PM   #7
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I don't think I've ever heard of them much less seen them... wouldn't mind trying them though...
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Old 09-04-2006, 05:13 PM   #8
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They are delicious. Might be Cherokee Blacks.
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Old 09-04-2006, 06:26 PM   #9
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Gretchen, that's the name I was trying to think of. Except after I looked at the link Bangbang posted, I realize they're Cherokee Purples. I've seen them in seed catalogues, but I've never tried them, as I never had any customers request them. I've also seen the Black Krim advertised.

That's a catalogue I didn't have, Bangbang...thanks for the link!
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Im growing cherokee purples at the moment my first time, they are really good and Im picky they are a bit on the soft side and as the article below said quite perishable [so I learned something there].So you need to eat them as they come but I will dehydrate some[with a little sea salt] and see what happens I bet they will make a great bruschetta
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