Thank you for your story & love of Black Tomatoes
It's sad they don't get the credit they deserve❣ Education is key! That's what you did here... Take care & keep trying 😉 Peace!
I was sent some black tomato plants with some others. Not knowing what l was growing I was surprised at their colour but as soon as I tasted them I loved them! I will happily buy in good retailers when I see them.. l got so many l was able to make a passata to freeze!
If these are cooler weather tomatoes, I am surprised that there is an Egyptian one. My daughter has planted it. I have the purple Cherokee and love it.
Actually, tomatoes are a hot-weather crop. However, when weather is TOO hot (like it is down South and in Florida), fruit doesn't always set. I am surprised that black tomatoes do well in Texas because I know how stifling the heat can be there.
Because most black tomatoes are from Russia/Ukraine, they set well in "cooler" temperatures. That doesn't mean they will set fruit at 32 degrees, but they will set fruit at cooler temperatures. And Texas isn't the only state that has hot, humid summers. I am from Philly, and you better believe that we have hot summers here. Therefore, the color and the taste of the tomatoes would be fairly similar whether grown in Texas or in Philadelphia.
Since you stated that black tomatoes taste better and have darker skins when grown in Texas, where did you eat them when you were up North since you made a comparison?
Thanks for posting that they do well in Texas. The heat here can really take its toll on tomatoes. I'm going to see if I can find some plants and give these a try this year. So many of my favorites don't do that well because of the heat. I hope these do. I don't care WHAT color they are as long as they taste good!
Be sure to plant early, by March 15, to beat the heat. When afternoons are in the 90s, tomato pollen goes sterile; same when nights are above 72F. A bonus, though, is Texas heat develops very deep black colors and richer flavors.
I found black tomatoes, at Walmart in Alabama called brown tomatoes, and fell in love with them. Hope to find them again and going to look for plants or seeds to grow my own. Better than the regular tomato!
I think the flavor of the black tomatoes is marvelous! This year I'm planting Black Cherry, Black Krim and Purple Cherokee tomatoes. I've also converted my daughter and several of my co-workers over to the "dark side".
I love black tomatoes. Unfortunately, around here, people know that they are heirloom varieties, and they are priced accordingly - even at the farm-stands. I am lucky enough to live in an area where growers also have golden, black, and purple GRAPE tomatoes, though, and they are a bit less pricey. I get a pint of these lovelies in mixed colors, and my salad becomes a tasty jewel box.