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96.2% would recommend this item to a friend.
16 out of 17 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Productivity, flavor, size
What are the cons? Nothing
A friend gave me an extra plant she started 5 years ago and I've been growing it ever since. It out-produces all other heirlooms I grow and has a rich mid-range acidic taste. It doesn't crack and rarely blemishes. I scratch my head at reviews that suggest it "won't win any beauty contests". Really? The shape is lovely and different and the interior is deep red and almost as meaty as a roma--though with better taste. It keeps producing until frost, so provides an abundance of green fruit, the diameter and texture of which is perfect for slicing horizontally and putting up in pint jars for green tomato pickles. If I have a ripe Rose, Brandywine or German Gold tomato , I will pick one of those first for for a BLT. But if I have salsa or a caprese salad to make or tomatoes (green or red) to can, I rely on the BJT's.
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14 out of 18 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.
15 out of 16 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.
19 out of 20 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.
14 out of 15 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