The vegetable is juicy, sweet, with a pronounced flavor, brown-red color. Can be grown in an open field and greenhouses.
Very nutritional and fun for Kids to eat! Perfect in Salads, on Burgers, for tomato sauce, pasta, or any dish that calls for fresh tomatoes.
How to grow:
1) Acquire proper soil. A commercially prepared seed starting mix, usually a combination of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite, is recommended. Avoid mixes that have a high fertilizer content, as this may cause more problems. Commonly used and recommended mixes are Jiffy Mix, ProMix, MetroMix and Fafard. Many other brands, or even homemade mixes, can be used. Make sure the soil is completely wet and mixed well. May help to leave soil wet overnight.
2) If you want to start the seeds indoors, select a container like a Plastic or Styrofoam cup with holes poked in the bottom for drainage. If you are starting outdoors, plant them 2 weeks after the last frost of the season (When you can be sure temperatures won't drop to below 40° Fahrenheit) . Plant your seeds about 1/8 inch (3 mm) deep. Firm the mix lightly to ensure that the seed is in direct contact with the moist mix. The seed needs to absorb moisture during the germination process.
3)Keep soil moist throughout germination process. Black Tomato seeds usually germinate within 5 to 10 days when kept in the optimum temperature range of 70 to 80F (21 to 27C). Germination is delayed by lower temperatures and accelerated by higher temperatures. Temperatures below 50F (10C) or above 95F (35C) are detrimental to germination. Keep a close eye on the first seedlings, as they need to be moved into bright light as soon as they emerge from the soil. They will explosively reach for light, and if the light is not adequate, you will get 3-inch-long (8 cm long) stems shortly after germination - this is very undesirable. If this occurs, you could try to transplant to a deeper container, or you may want to start over.
4) Black Tomato seedlings grow best at a temperature of about 65F (18C) with some air circulation and lots of light. When watering, most growers soak the mix and then let it get nearly dry before providing more water. Tomatoes are a fruit that is commonly mistaken as a vegetable.
Make sure you have a support structure for the tomato vines to grow on.