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.
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