Black from Tula Tomato
Black from Tula tomato is a rare heirloom from Russia that is a favourite of the older black tomatoes for both flavour and production. With a rich smoky taste these 150 to 400g fruits are great fresh off the vine, turned into paste or canned for winter. The tomatoes have a smoky black body with green and brown shoulders. The plants are very productive and disease resistant even in the heat, producing loads of tomatoes. Given the weight of the fruit and the number of them, stake very well.
2021/22 season. Sown early early September, planted in hothouse mid November, ripening began early Jan.
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 100cm
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- 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.