Black Krim Tomato Seeds - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 25 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 69-90 days
- Days to Germination:
- 5-7 days @ 75-95F
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Plant Spacing:
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Black Krim Tomato - Taste Test Winner
Black Krim is an heirloom tomato and considered one of the best tasting tomato varieties, consistently winning top awards and rave reviews at taste trials. Its name comes from the dark maroon to deep red-purple outer skin turning almost black with heat and sun, and Krim is the Ukrainian word for Crimea, the peninsula where this tomato originated.
Its taste makes it famous - intense, with a rich, clean, earthy, almost smoky flavor that delivers a sweetness balanced by notes of acidity, giving it a distinct, slightly salty taste. “This is the best tomato I’ve ever tasted” is often heard after the first bite.
Black Krim grows big - with fertile soil and steady moisture, it can grow six feet or more and collapse standard tomato trellises. Heavy gauge cattle panels work well for this indeterminate variety. It is heat-tolerant and exceptionally hardy as long as there is a good supply of moisture to the roots - ideal for a drip system. Shade helps reduce production slowdown during the summer in very hot climates. Tomatoes mature a bit later than some varieties, but come on strong and produce prolifically until stopped by frost.
This is an extremely popular variety with home gardeners in the western United States and is a favorite of chefs worldwide.
The history of Black Krim is a bit murky, but what is known is seeds of this and other tomatoes were gathered by British, French, Italian, and Turkish soldiers of the Crimean War (1853-1856) as they were returning home and were grown, passed down and shared through the soldiers’ families. They were valued enough to be kept in circulation until being discovered by Lars Olov Rosenstrom of Bromma, Sweden who introduced them to the wider public in 1990.
Tomatoes were grown as a crop in Mexico and Peru in pre-Columbian times, but the early history of domestication is not well known (most likely in Mexico). In Europe, tomatoes were grown as ornamentals (thought to be poisonous) and became popular as a food only in the 18th century.
Raw or cooked the tomato is one of the most widely used and versatile foods from your garden. Use fresh in salads, sandwiches, and salsas. Cooked in sauces and stews. Can be stuffed, dried, puree, paste or powdered. The uses are endless!
Tomatoes suffer more transplant shock than other vegetables, but you can minimize this by hardening them off for a week or two first. This means setting them outdoors in their pots in a protected place so that they get some warm sun, a little gentle wind, and even some cool (not freezing) nights. This will help them adjust to some of the stresses of real life before having their roots transplanted into the ground.
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This will be the fourth year I am growing these lovely tomatoes. I am at 6650 ft. altitude and I cover them when they are young and at night. They have true juicy, homegrown tomato flavor and I use them for slicing--perfect for Caprese, rather than for salads. I do can them in the fall, even though they have larger seeds and less pulp than a canning tomato.