Black and Purple Tomatoes

Black and purple heirloom tomatoes are beautiful and have a richer taste than many of the other heirloom tomatoes.

I got hooked on purple tomatoes after reading the Baker Creek Seeds catalog as they had an informative page about the health benefits of purple tomatoes and how they have a higher nutrient content. The darker black tomatoes are high in Anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants.

Black and purple heirloom tomatoes are beautiful and taste earthy and rich.

Black Cherry Tomatoes

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.

Black and purple tomatoes start green like most tomatoes, and get a deeper color and taste with ripening.

Recipe for canning garden fresh tomato salsa

Black and Purple Tomato Varieties

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.

  • 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.
Black Krim Tomatoes before ripening
Black Krim Tomatoes before ripening

Here are some great Black tomato varieties that are Organic, Heirloom & non GMO

Back Beauty Tomatoes

Black Beauty from Baker Creek Seeds

Indigo Apple Black Tomatoes

Indigo Apple from High Mowing Seeds

Indigo Rose Black Tomatoes

Indigo Rose from Johnny Seeds

Black cherry tomatoesBlack cherry tomato from High Mowing Seeds

Black Icicle Tomatoes

Black Icicle Tomato from Baker Creek Seeds

Organic Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

Cherokee Purple from Seed Savers Exchange

Black Vernissage Tomatoes

Black Vernissage from Baker Creek Seeds

Chocolate Pear Tomatoes

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?

Black and Purple Tomatoes: Great Varieties & where to buy

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