Posted on 06 March 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Black Tomatoes Continue to be Popular in 2009

black-tomatoBy Michelle Fabio

According to Gary Ibsen of TomatoFest, black tomatoes are again some of the most popular heirloom tomatoes for 2009.

Of the Top 10 most popular heirloom tomatoes, four are black–which aren’t actually black but various dark colors from deep purple to mahogany.

Black heirloom tomatoes have been gaining in popularity for the last six years and saw their best year in 2008.

Originally from the southern Ukraine, they can now be found all over the world and are especially desired among tomato growers in the United States.

Sweeter bi-colored tomatoes and various colored cherry tomatoes were also popular in markets throughout 2008, but here is the list of the Top 10 Heirloom Tomatoes for 2009 according to Ibsen:

1. Brandywine (pink)
2. Paul Robeson (purple/black)
3. Aussie (red)
4. Julia Child (pink)
5. Cherokee Purple (purple/black)
6. Black Cherry (purple/black)
7. Kellogg’s Breakfast (orange)
8. Gold Medal (yellow/red striped)
9. Aunt Ginny’s Purple (purple/black)
10. Carmello (red)

What’s your favorite heirloom tomato?

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4 Responses to “Black Tomatoes Continue to be Popular in 2009”

  1. tomatocasual.com Shibaguyz Says:

    Gotta have some Black Prince in there too!! We love the these and the other cold weather varieties here in the PNW. Anything that thrives in the cooler nights and has a shorter growing season is a bonus for us.

  2. tomatocasual.com jerry lee Says:

    My family really like the CHEROKEE PURPLE and the BLACK FROM TULA. I grow other heirlooms also but these are the favorites of the “black fmaily”. My past experience the the JULIA CHILD didn’t result in a “black” tomato but rather a normal red beefsteaker.’could have been a seed mismatch at the order house.

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  4. tomatocasual.com hasanudin Says:

    Where I can get the black tomato seed, I think never see that before in Indonesia.

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