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Black Krim Stats
Height: 48 - 72" (1.22-1.83 m)
Plant Spacing: 24 - 36" (0.61-0.91 m)
Row Spacing: 36 - 60" (0.91-1.52 m)
Days to Maturity: 69 - 80
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Purple, Red
Size: Medium, Large
Shape: Medium, Large
Genetic Type: Heirloom
Variety Type: Non-Reds, Paste/Canning, Really Big Ones, Slicers
Disease Resistance: F, N
Sandwiches, salads, sauces, canned or eaten fresh
Information for Black Krim
A popular type of heirloom tomato, the Black Krim is classified as one of the best-tasting tomatoes. The plant originated from the Isle of Krim in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, thus the name "Black Krim". History has it that the soldiers from the Crimean War gathered the Black Krim seeds, along with the Black Cherry variety, and later shared them with the rest of Europe.
The Black Krim is an indeterminate climber that requires direct sun exposure for at least six hours and moderate watering. It also needs to be trellised or caged to prevent the vigorous vines from lying on the ground.
The plant produces medium to large-sized fruits that are inclined to darken in very warm weather. The color of the fruits are not overall black. In fact, the colors vary from a reddish brown to purplish-black hues.
Since it is an heirloom tomato and not a hybrid, Black Krim requires constant watering and nurturing to help fight off various crop diseases that tend to destroy plant development. Moreover, Black Krim tomatoes are susceptible to cracking and blemishes.
In food preparations, Black Krim exhibits an excellently bold, smoky, and sweet taste. They are ideal for cooking, slicing, and canning. These provide a aesthetic appeal to many dishes including salads and sandwiches. Eaten fresh, they also taste extremely delicious when consumed with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Black Krim tomatoes have a short shelf life and are not as readily available at local grocery stores. However, farmers markets usually have a fresh produce of Black Krim tomatoes. Heirloom farmers use online catalogs to purchase Black Krim tomato seeds.
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