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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tomato Profile: The 'Black Krim' Heirloom Tomato

Tomato Profile: The 'Black Krim' Heirloom Tomato

This is an heirloom tomato that dates back to the early 1900's. It is rumored to have been picked up from the Isle of Krim, on the Black Sea, during a war. Immigrants brought it to the United States. The Isle of Krim is located near the Ukraine.

Shape, Size and Production:
It produces an 8 to 12 oz globe shaped (not perfectly round) fruit. It has dark red, purples, and mahogany colors with green shoulders. This top striping of dark green is the Black Krim's defining markings. It is an attractive addition to the garden. The plant can grow 4-6 feet based on conditions. My container version is around 4 feet tall. It is an indeterminate tomato and will produce till frost. My plant has about 25 tomatoes on it at various sizes. Keep in mind, mine is in a container. The fruit does crack. This is characteristic of many heirlooms. The cracking does not distract from this variety.

Taste and Use:
It is a sweet tomato with little acidity. It has a slight saltiness to it. It already is one of my favorites to eat on a plate. It is more flesh then juice and great for sandwiches and salsas.

Poor Fair Good Great Outstanding directly off the vine.
Poor Fair Good Great Outstanding salted on a plate.
Poor Fair Good Great Outstanding sliced and in a salad.
Poor Fair Good Great Outstanding in a salsa dish.
Poor Fair Good Great Outstanding as a sauce or a paste.

Poor Fair Good Great Outstanding as an overall tomato.

Mainstay - Throw-A-Way - Another Day:
This will get another year toward becoming, I'm sure, a Mainstay in my garden. The first fruit matured mid July, looks fun, and tasted great. It had little if any disease come to it.

If you have grown this tomato please leave a comment about your experience with the 'Black Krim' heirloom tomato.

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