Japanese Trifele Black Tomato
One of the best Russian black tomatoes. High yields of blemish-free fruits that rarely crack. Rich full flavor, great for canning. The size of a Bartlett pear, weighing 4-5 ounces. Potato leaf foliage.
- 70-80 days from transplant
- Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
- Deep red fruits grow to 4-5 ounces
- Productive and rarely cracks
- Potato leaf plants
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Store your tomatoes at room temperature. The flavor and texture of tomatoes suffer when the fruit is chilled.
Heirloom tomatoes are bred for their flavor and simple preparation best allows that intense flavor to shine through. Tomatoes can be sliced and drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper or layer slices with basil and mozzarella for a Caprese salad.
Roasted tomatoes have a richer, concentrated flavor.
There are hundreds of salsa recipes to try and most are dramatically improved with the use of heirloom tomatoes. Tomatoes are also the main ingredient in Gazpacho, a cold soup that is perfect for summer.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
- Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
- Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Ratings & Reviews
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by J. J. Steinmeier
I'm surprised no one has reviewed this tomato. This is my favorite. Highly productive and thrives on neglect. Produces the most umami flavor of any heirloom tomato I have tried.
Productive and different
I have been growing these for years, along with nyagous, as my dark tomatoes. These produce a lot of tasty tomatoes with a less acedic, more complex flavor than many red tomatoes. Give tham a try.
One of the greats
Such a beautiful shape! Equally gorgeous russet hue with green shoulders. Great keeper, highly prolific, early and delicious.
Prolific, hardy, and tasty.
by Ellen zone 3 Northern MN
These are my favorite large black tomato. Much less cracking than with Cherokee Purple and more flavor than Black Krim. Very prolific plants. I grew them in a hoop house, and they did well with the heat, but are also still alive after the temp in the hoop house dropped to 30 for over two hours last week.
These have a very rich, buttery flavor. They are a bit watery for making sauces, but with extra time to cook them down, you have the best sauce ever. Also good enough to eat like an apple raw. I try to pass this one to all my gardener friends.
Great black tomato
by Tim in Iowa
IA 5A. This is a great black tomato. Good flavor, plant stays a manageable size, and very prolific. I had no cracking problems with this tomato unlike issues I have had with other blacks like Black Krim. Plus it is a cool shape. I think they look like a soup dumpling.
Will always grow these!
Delicious, prolific, low maintenance, and manageable sized plant. These guys are almost always one of my top producers, and the flavor is amazing. Definitely one of my top for taste. Add in that the plants remain in the 5-6 foot realm and aren’t crazy sprawling, and these guys have long since earned a permanent place in my garden.
Zone 5 Colorado
Great pest resistance, some cracks & green shoulders
First time tomato grower in KY zone 6a/7b. This guy was a late bloomer for me (October 15 and my big harvest is happening now) but I'm not mad about it. Great flavor, some green shoulders and splitting but not a deal-breaker. This tomato had EXCELLENT pest resistance---only just now am I seeing brown leaves and a few stray aphids, but that's end-of-season stuff I imagine. Planted next to calendula, cosmos, scallions, and leeks. Nothing touched this plant the whole summer, I was very impressed.