Tomato Black Russian

Black Beefsteak heritage tomato on indeterminate plants

Description

Black Russian is a beefsteak tomato with a taste that is a blend of sugar and acid with spicy and smokey undertones. The flavour intensifies if the tomato is dried. A later-ripening, indeterminate, regular-leafed, medium sized (6-10oz) beefsteak with rich mahogany coloured fruits. It crops well on sturdy, not too tall, plants and only needs to be pruned sufficiently to maintain good air circulation. Good for sandwiches and sauces.

Similar in flavour to Cherokee Purple but its shape is more flattened and the seeds are not encased in green. A true beefsteak variety.

We grew this from 2013 to 2015 with "average" success, it had about the same quantity of fruit as Black Brandywine but less than Black Krim and significantly less than Cherokee Purple. One presumes from its name that it originates from Russia but (as far as I can tell) there’s nothing to underwrite this. Many of the Black varieties seem to come from Russia or thereabouts and they have a different shape to the Brandywines.

Black Russian Tomato for scale
Black Russian 01/06/2011 - Polytunnel
Tomato Black Russian 20/07/2011 not yet ripe

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Beefsteak
  • Fruit Shape: Slightly Flattened
  • Fruit Size: Variable (2-5 inch))
  • Fruit Colour: Mahogany/Brown
  • Flesh Colour: Brown
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage?
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Mid/Late
  • Taste: Rich
  • Fruit per Truss: 6-10
  • Truss Spacing: 15-18 inches
  • Alternatives: Japanese Black Trifele, Black Brandywine, Black Krim
  • Our Source: Just Seed
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