Boston, MA, United States
October 7, 2017
Great taste at full ripeness
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

What are the pros? showy, rich flavor

What are the cons? Long long ripening


The flavor must be heavily dependent on soil and moisture conditions as well as ripeness. I wouldn't grow these in a container or a semi sun spot - I grew these in-ground, in full sun, in very well drained soil a bit on the acidic side. I started three plants eight weeks early, and all were stocky and strong throughout the cool spring here. I watered during dry spells but they seemed to acclimate well without much attention, and set a ton of fruit. The ripening time is very long, and it's best to wait until they are at least thoroughly pink and a bit softened (in the underside areas that aren't blackened) to pick. Then let them mature to a brick-like color before eating. The dark black areas might lose their shine a little. Under these conditions the flavor was excellent. Didn't have any cracking until we got some heavy rain late in the season. I'll definitely grow this again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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