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96.0% would recommend this item to a friend.
3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? enthusiastic plants
What are the cons? couldn't win a beauty contest
This year, for the first time, I did square-foot gardening. I planted 8 plants in a 2 x 4 ft space (I know- really crowded, but I wanted to try it out). The thing is, because of weather and illness, I didn't plant my seed starts until the first week of June (central Missouri), and the seedlings were about 16" tall and spindly. I planted them anyway, al? the trench method where the whole stem is planted horizontally, except for the last 4". In no time I had beautiful, lush, STRONG plants with lots of blossoms. I will plant tomatoes this way from now on. I staked them on "A" shaped 6 ft bamboo poles. We got plenty of average-size fruit, but, of course, the yield would have been greater if the plants weren't crowded. The flavor was good, though not swooningly fabulous like some tomatoes are. They made wonderful sauce. Not the prettiest tomato, but I'm DEFINITELY planting these in 2015 as well.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Taste, Color
What are the cons? None
One of the most delicious heirlooms. It has a sweet finish which follow a delicious strong black tomato flavor. It is important to not that it does hybridize regularly so you will get many tomatoes that aren't quite what you expected. Nevertheless it is absolutely worth it.
7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Juicy, delicious fruit
What are the cons? Can't eat them up fast enough
In past years, I've had so-so yields off the Japanese Black Trifele (size/production-wise). But *this* year, the plant did exactly what everybody said it should: it has produced many pounds of rich, delicious fruit.
This was one of the first tomatoes to produce fruit in my garden this year, and about mid-range for ripening. But once it began... the plant has been producing a steady supply of big, gorgeous fruit.
The fruits are distinctly pear-shaped and big; most of mine have been at least as large as a baseball. They're on the juicy side, and for the best flavor, let them get fully ripe (which can cause much impatience as you watch these beauties take their time to do so!). Get many compliments on the flavor of these.
Excellent flavor good for many uses (straight up; salads; sandwiches; sauces; salsa; etc). Definitely will keep growing this beauty.
6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? easy to grow, very productive,
What are the cons? does not like Bay Area cold
when we have a good warm summer this tomato is definitely one of my favorites. It is spicy rich, not a sweet variety. This is my fifth year growing this plant
What are the pros? easy to grow; unique flavor
What are the cons? long season, long to ripen
We have grown this tomatoe three years, and it's a keeper. Such a hardy, pretty plant, in all kinds of seasonal weather, it even reseeds itself from one year to next. (Here in Indiana.) It took awhile to learn when it was ripe - and to *wait* for the fruit to ripen - but it's delicious, meaty, unique flavor, has deep red flesh. I found the skin on these tomatoes can be peeled easily without scalding. I only cultivate a few plants of black trifele in our small garden, so don't get enough of them to can lots of tomatoes. But, mixed with lots of onions & peppers, black trifele's make *the best* salsa.