Black Krim – January 2010 Tomato of the Month

The Tomato of the Month for January 2010 is the Black Krim Tomato. The Black Krim is an heirloom tomato that has gained much popularity in the last few years. The Black Krim is highly regarded for its excellent, yet bold taste, and medium to large size. This tomato can vary in color ranging from a reddish brown hue towards the bottom of the fruit, then darkening to greenish-dark purple shoulders. Just a pinch of salt is needed to enhance the flavor, since this tomato already has a slight salty taste.

Differences Between Heirloom & Hybrid Tomatoes

Let’s learn just a bit about the history of the Black Krim.

A Little History

This heirloom tomato originates from the Isle of Krim in the Black Sea, near the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine. It is believed that soldiers returning home from the Crimean War, in the late 19th century, gathered these seeds and began sharing them. As a result these seeds were later widely distributed throughout Europe.

Plant Specifics

The Black Krim is an indeterminate tomato plant, which grows between 4 to 6 feet (1.2 – 1.8m) in height. They require full sun, moderate watering, and should be caged or trellised to prevent them from laying on the ground. It takes between 69 and 80 days for the fruit to mature after germination – producing medium to large-sized fruits weighing 10 to 14 oz. These tomatoes tend to become darker the warmer the climate.

Black Krim tomatoes are prone to cracking and green shoulders. Watering in a consistent routine can help to ease these conditions some. Black Krim is an heirloom tomato, so it will not have disease resistance like a hybrid tomato. Therefore, it will be more susceptible to diseases, such as blight and Fusarium or Verticullium Wilts.

Black Krim tomatoes are extremely tasty, and will add not only great flavor, but visual interest to your salads. These tomatoes are also great for slicing and cooking. I highly recommend you try these tomatoes in your garden this upcoming season. I think you will be glad you did! Try some Black Krim Tomato seeds for your garden.

3 Comments on Black Krim – January 2010 Tomato of the Month

  1. Tried the Krim in northern Utah during 2011. Fruit was pretty sensitive to watering issues. Had alot of blossom end rot.
    We liked the taste and color.
    Will plant Krim again.

  2. Have been pickin and eating Krim since late May. Had read many good revues. However, I am not impressed with the flavor. Fruit size is good, 10-12 oz., but flavor is far below that of Cherokee Purple and Brandywines. It is now on probation to see if it will make it into the cultivars selected for the 2013 crop.

  3. I love my garden, so in 2014 I planted 15 different tomato varieties to see which would win taste, texture and ease of growing in our Utah alkaline soil. The Black Krim won by a landslide! The flavor and texture was beyond any other in my garden (Cherokee Purple came in second) and I gave my neighbors the same plants to see what they thought as well. We all agree the Black Krim is superior. the texture is incredible and the salty, smokey flavor is just out of this world! When I could wait, I would go out mid day and eat them right off the vine while they were still warm from the sun. It was ecstatic to sink my teeth into these beauties and I will never plant another hybrid…the flavor and texture of these have convinced me that heirloom is the only way to go. Plant and ROCK on! :o)

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