Black Beauty Tomato
Black Beauty Tomato is one of my favourites that is bred from the Wild Boar Farm team. An indeterminate that produces tasty medium and large fruits (80 to 200 grams) that are jet black to begin with on the sunny side, with hints of red forming on the shady side once ripe. Produces very high yields of some of the tastiest tomatoes to my taste buds. The fruits are ripe when the shaded side blushes red and they feel a little soft to the squeeze. Contains extreme anthocyanin expression (same antioxidant in blueberries and blackberries)
2021/22 season: Sown July 16, planted in hothouse Oct 5, ripening began Dec 28.
Sow – Start on a heat mat ideally in late August to October and plant out after frost risk and soils around 10 deg at night (after 7 days consecutively).
Can start earlier if planting in a hothouse. 8 weeks on average from sowing to planting if using a heat-mat.
Spacing – 60 to 80cm
- Back to Tomatoes
- How I Grow my tomatoes post
- Tomatoes on the Wiki
- The wild ancestor of the tomato is native to western South America. These wild versions were the size of peas. Aztecs and other peoples in Mesoamerica were the first to have domesticated the fruit and used in their cooking.
- The Spanish first introduced tomatoes to Europe, where they became used in Spanish food.
- In France, Italy and northern Europe, the tomato was initially grown as an ornamental plant. It was regarded with suspicion as a food because botanists recognized it as a nightshade, a relative of the poisonous belladonna.
- This was exacerbated by the interaction of the tomato’s acidic juice with pewter plates.
- The leaves and immature fruit contains tomatine, which in large quantities would be toxic. However, the ripe fruit contains no tomatine.