By Kira Hamman
There has been considerable buzz this summer (admittedly in some pretty esoteric circles) about the Black Prince tomato, a Siberian heirloom originally from Irkutsk.
Since I’m in favor of anything that allows me to use the word “Irkutsk” in casual conversation, I decided to look into it.
They all say its striking beauty and intense flavor make it a favorite. Well, that’s enough to pique my interest.
Plenty of chefs are smitten with Black Prince too. Alexandra at Alexandra’s Kitchen talks about the delicious simple summer salad she made with Black Princes from the farmers’ market. And at the San Francisco restaurant Aqua, they do something with it that you’ll have to see for yourself, as I am at a loss for how to describe it. OK, now I’m really paying attention.
And then there are the more surprising appearances. Black tomato (not Black Prince, but close enough) shows up as the name of a band on MySpace, an online travel company, and a restaurant in Ottowa. And at The Red Shoes, you can buy an original watercolor featuring Black Prince tomatoes.
All in all, I’m thinking I’ll have to try this one next year. Sounds like it could give my beloved Cherokee Purples a run for their money.