Honkin' Big Black Cherry Tomato Seeds - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)

$3.15

Honkin' Big Black Cherry Tomato -  Funny Name But Great Taste

Originally a “sport” or unknown tomato plant discovered growing outside Mayo Underwood’s garden around 1995. She let it grow and found the taste was outstanding – rich, complex and completely unexpected. Seeds were saved and it became a perennial hit with gardeners everywhere!

This sport produces strong plants with a ton of very large, “black” cherry tomatoes easily the size of a half dollar with a sweet/acidic/salty flavor.

Early and delicious, production continues through light frosts.

History

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. 

Uses

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!

Growing Tip

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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Honkin' Big Black Cherry Tomato -  Funny Name But Great Taste

Originally a “sport” or unknown tomato plant discovered growing outside Mayo Underwood’s garden around 1995. She let it grow and found the taste was outstanding – rich, complex and completely unexpected. Seeds were saved and it became a perennial hit with gardeners everywhere!

This sport produces strong plants with a ton of very large, “black” cherry tomatoes easily the size of a half dollar with a sweet/acidic/salty flavor.

Early and delicious, production continues through light frosts.

History

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. 

Uses

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!

Growing Tip

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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Current Stock:
Seed Count: Approx 25 seeds per pack Days to Maturity: 65-70 days Type: Indeterminate Size: Cherry Color: Black Organic: Yes Days to Germination: 5-7 days @ 75-95F Light Preference: Full sun Plant Spacing: 12"
SKU: V1159

Customer Reviews 5 (2 Reviews) Write a Review

Funny Name Great Taste
5 Stars

When this variety was introduced I got such a kick out of what was written in the catalog about it I thought they deserved to sell some seed just for the sake of their sense of humor so I bought a packet. Then I gave a few plants to a friend to try. Not only did I decide I liked this one well enough to give it a permanent place in my garden, my friend told me she went out to her garden and turned around to catch her little dog carefully picking and eating only this variety. She said its her favorite also. Definitely a great find!

My Second Year Attempt
5 Stars

I may have mixed up my labeling last year but I was pleasantly surprised to grow out a beautiful plant that had half dollar size tomatoes that were the best tasting ever and yet did not appear black at all. I am wondering if the plant has not stabilized yet. This year I am starting new plants from the same seed package and also growing out six plants from seeds I saved from last years tomatoes. One of those six is potato leafed and the other five are regular. I will see what happens this year. I am very excited about this trial because these were really the best tasting tomatoes I have ever grown. I will make a follow up post at the end of the season and let you know what I learned.