I was excited to grow Black Krim tomatoes this year in the garden. I had heard that these heirloom tomatoes had exceptional flavor and texture. To be honest with you, I was disappointed. The tomatoes are very mild and not what I expected. I like the kick of acidity in my tomatoes that transforms a sandwich from ordinary to one bursting with flavor. Black Krim doesn't do that for me.
Don't get me wrong. They are good, but I prefer a tomato with a little tartness. I have combined some of my Black Krim tomatoes with my Early Girls for canning and they work well together. I used them in chili base. They Black Krim added some deeper color to the finished sauce and I think their mildness enhanced the flavor.
For sandwiches or eating fresh, I wouldn't choose Black Krim. If you like a mild tomato with low acidity Black Krim is worth a try, but don't expect a burst of tart tomato flavor from this tomato.
I started mine from seed inside this spring and they germinated well and produced healthy plants. They do tend to be heavy, so if you try Black Krim make sure to stake them well. I didn't have any issues with insects or disease and they began to produce vine-ripe tomatoes in late August. While some of the tomatoes were large tomatoes with several lobes, many were small and well-formed globes that grew in clusters of 6 or 8 tomatoes. I did notice that the stems tended to crack and break easily, but I attribute that to inadequate staking.
I'm not sure if I will grow them again next year.
Until Next Time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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