Black tomatoes are a type of heirloom tomato that is known for its dark, purplish-black skin and rich, smoky flavor. They are also a good source of antioxidants, including lycopene, which has been linked to a number of health benefits.
Black tomatoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they are typically round or beefsteak-shaped. They have a slightly firmer skin than red tomatoes, and their flesh is often a deep red or purple color. Black tomatoes have a complex flavor that is both sweet and savory, with hints of smoke and spice.
Black tomatoes are typically ready to harvest 70 to 80 days after transplanting. The best way to tell if a black tomato is ripe is to look for the following signs:
– The skin is dark purplish-black and slightly wrinkled.
– The flesh is soft and gives slightly to the touch.
– The tomato is fully colored from stem to blossom end.
To harvest black tomatoes, simply gently twist them from the vine. Be careful not to pull too hard, as this can damage the plant. Once the tomato is off the vine, check for any cracks or blemishes. If the tomato is in good condition, it can be eaten fresh, cooked, or preserved.
Net wt : 200 Seeds
MRP : 199
Here are some additional tips for harvesting black tomatoes:
– Harvest black tomatoes in the morning when the air is cool and moist.
– Avoid harvesting black tomatoes after a heavy rain, as this can make them more susceptible to cracking.
– Handle black tomatoes with care to avoid bruising.
– Store black tomatoes in a cool, dark place for up to a week.
– Choose a sunny spot in your garden with well-drained soil.
– Start black tomato seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost.
– Transplant black tomato seedlings into the garden after the last frost.
– Water black tomato plants regularly, especially during hot, dry weather.
– Fertilize black tomato plants every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
– Mulch around black tomato plants to help conserve moisture and suppress weeds.
With a little care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of black tomatoes from your own garden.