Black & purple tomatoes are beautiful and have a richer taste than many of the other heirloom tomatoes
I got hooked on black tomatoes after reading the Baker Creek Seeds 2014 catalog as they had an informative page about the health benefits of black tomatoes and how they have a higher nutrient content. The darker black tomatoes are high in Anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants.
Black and purple tomatoes are beautiful and taste earthy and rich
When you browse through seed catalogs, black and purple tomatoes will often be in the same category. Some seed companies organized their seeds into color categories, some by when the tomatoes ripen (early or mid-summer), others whether they are determinate or indeterminate. You can read my heirloom tomato post to know where to get other heirloom tomatoes.
Black & purple tomatoes start green like most tomatoes, and get a deeper color and taste with ripening.
If your growing season is short or not very hot, it might be hard to ripen these tomatoes to their true deep color.
Black Krim for example is often red with green shoulders but doesn’t get that deeper black red unless very ripe. I had more success getting that rich color with ripening inside towards the end of the summer.
If you live in a short season climate and don’t have a greenhouse, consider the cherry sized black tomatoes.
So the far the black tomato varieties that I’ve tried are:
- Black Krim– Was very large but this variety cracks a lot.
- Black Icicle– This is my fav black tomato so far. This is a black roma shaped paste tomato excellent for sauces.
- Black Vernissage– These were a freebie when ordering from Baker Creek. They were pretty but harder to get the right taste.
This season I’m really looking forward to trying out Cherokee Purple!
Here are some great Black tomato varieties that are Organic, Heirloom & non GMO
Black Beauty from Baker Creek Seeds
Indigo Apple from High Mowing Seeds
Indigo Rose from Johnny Seeds
Black cherry tomato from High Mowing Seeds
Black Icicle Tomato from Baker Creek Seeds
Cherokee Purple from Seed Savers Exchange
Black Vernissage from Baker Creek Seeds
Chocolate Pear Tomatoes from Baker Creek Seeds
What is your favorite black or purple tomato variety and where did you buy the seeds/tomato plant?
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.