The origin of this tomato is believed to be from Dr. Harold Martin, who was a hobby gardener and a dentist. He did not release the tomato in the 1920s when it was first selected, but it was released later by a person who inherited Dr. Martin’s collection. Initially there were some concerns about the variability of the variety, and it has taken time for people to judge the plant. It is indeterminate and purple-maroon in color, weighing 5 to 8 ounces. It has a sweet fruity flavor. The current selection from the collection is a regular leaf type. 85 days.
Many of you have come to love the Chef’s Choice tomato series. The latest entry in the class is called Chef’s Choice Black, a beefsteak type tomato with a dark green, brown, and black hues. The flesh is juicy and sweet. The disease resistant plants can produce 30 or more 8-10 ounce fruit on each plant, under good growing conditions. Winner of the All America Selections award, with a good disease package and with good crack tolerance. Requires staking. Indeterminate 75 days.
Delicious 9 to 10 ounce fruit are firm and smooth, having excellent flavor and purple color all the way through. If you love Cherokee Purple you will also like this tomato. Vigorous indeterminate plants mature in 80 days.
Small elongated-oval fruits are deep mahogany and sweet and fruity. These are small, teardrop-shaped morsels of sweetness, wonderful for snacking off the vine or for adding to salads. 6-foot tall plants produce a steady, large crop. This is a unique and very tasty variety. Indeterminate. 82 days.
A distinctive purplish-gray hue is what gives this 'black' tomato its name. What also sets it apart is its potato-leaved foliage, which is not often seen in black varieties. Tomatoes are medium-sized, about 8 ozs., and boast that uniquely robust yet sweet flavor that makes black tomatoes so outstanding. Indeterminate. 78 days.
Deep garnet round fruits really load up on these plants that stay fairly small. Tomatoes are medium-sized and full of juice and good, rich flavor. Originally from Siberia. This variety should be a favorite in most gardens. Indeterminate. 70 days.
Deep reddish-brown beefsteak tomato has a rich, sweet flavor that is delicious. Fruit is smooth in texture and weighs from 8 to 12 ozs. This outstanding variety is very productive and seems to set well even when weather turns hot. Russian heirloom. Indeterminate. 75-80 days.
This is the first truly black cherry tomato and our own exclusive variety. It is not a plum, but a perfectly round cherry with classic black tomato flavor, sweet yet rich and complex. Fruit picks clean from the stem and is produced in abundance on vigorous, tall plants. These cherries are irresistibly delicious and a unique addition to the color spectrum of cherry tomatoes now available. Selected by the founder for sweetness, increased crack tolerance and yield. Indeterminate. 65 days.
These black tomatoes appear in clusters of round, smooth fruit that is 6 to 8 ozs. each. Their flavor is excellent, sweet yet full of that special black tomato richness. Production is very good and fruit is reliably blemish-free. Indeterminate. 80 days.
Compact plants bear plenty of wonderfully rich, dark mahogany-brown tomatoes that average about 4 ozs. Black tomatoes have a delicious blend of sugar and acid and a distinctive, complex flavor that is to be savored. Some folks say this variety is one of the best-tasting black tomatoes and prefer it also for its nice, medium size. Russian heirloom. Indeterminate. 75 days.
This is among the darkest of the 'black' tomatoes that we've seen and one of the very best tasting tomatoes of any kind that we've sampled. Its flavor is exceptionally rich yet sweet and the essence of delicious summer tomato flavor. Medium to large, 8 to 12 oz. tomatoes are flattened round and smooth, without the cracking or blemishing that seems to plague some black tomatoes. They are dark purplish-brown on the outside with a deep brick-red interior. Indeterminate. 80 days.
This is the most truly purple tomato we know, not just pink-purple, but it is deep purple-burgundy. It is also uniquely shaped, extremely fluted and almost ruffled in appearance. Fruit is flattened, about 3 inches across, and flavor is described by some as distinctively winey and rich. Indeterminate. 80-90 days.