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80-90 days. Attractive tomatoes are the shape and size of a Bartlett pear with a beautiful purplish-brick color; the fruit are perfect and smooth with no cracks. The flavor is absolutely sublime, having all the richness of fine chocolate. This was our heaviest producer for 2004. The plants produced loads of fruit all summer long. It has become a favorite with many seed savers and we are glad to be able to offer such a colorful variety. It is believed to have come from Russia, so don't ask me about the name!
95.8% would recommend this item to a friend.
0 out of 0 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.
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29 Aug 2014
2 out of 2 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.
20 Aug 2014
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
By Karen Cunningham
3 May 2014
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.
By parke co. grapevine
26 Mar 2014
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Best tasting, heavy producer
I garden in heavy soil red clay. I add organic matter but it seems to disappear. These tomatoes don't seem to mind! When I head to the garden for a fresh tomato for supper, this is ALWAYS the one I pick! The top stays greenish, so I just cut the little "green hat" off. The plant stays smallish, great for a smaller garden. But it fits in with my 50 tomato plants I grow each year. Always a heavy producer. I will always grow this amazing tomato!
I start my seeds in a hoop house my husband and son built for me for under $200.00. I get a head start on my plants. It doesn't take 80-90 days here in zone 7 with my hoop house. Truly love this tomato!!! A must try!!!
23 Feb 2014
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