How does the BK compare to the CP in taste? I just purchased tomato plants, including quite a few BK, since I couldn't find CP, and am hoping the taste will be as delicious as the CP, which is one of the best tomatoes I've ever had. Thanks for your feedback.
Some people prefer Black Krim, some people prefer Cherokee Purple. Some people prefer a slightly different variety which is called, oddly, Noir de Crimee which is French for Black Krim! You won't know until you grow it out and try it!
You will have an opportunity to taste those two plus many other purple, pink, yellow, red, and other color tomatoes at Tomatopalooza in Efland, NC (just west of Raleigh) on July 26th. I went last year to the 5th annual event. Over 150 tomato varieties available to taste. http://www.tomatopalooza.org/
I like both. They are similar but not, if that makes any difference. I think CP is just a touch sweeter, and so does my husband. he hates the taste of raw tomatoes, but likes all of the 'black' types for some reason. Paul Robeson is another black tomato that is excellent.
i luv cherokee purple~ I will be trying black krim for the first time this yr!
i never knew how good tomatoes could taste compared to the ones i had always grown
I will never go back to those old ones-Im hooked on heirlooms!!!
I sold Cherokee Purple at our Farmer's Market last year and after a few markets I had people waiting in line before the bell rang. The first few times took a bit of explaining to convince people that they were not rotten and what they lacked in looks, they made up in taste. I think they are beautiful, and it was fun getting people out of the "perfect round red tomato" way of thinking. I really want to try Black Krim and Paul Robeson next year.
Well, I ended up without a single PR or CP in the garden! Due to my generous nature, they all found their ways to new homes. I was down to my last CP, and Uncle Joe shows up wanting just 4 plants. He's had 2 hips and 1 knee replaced in the last 18 months or so, and the family threatened him with bodily harm if he tried to put out a garden. Well, he begged so passionately, he got a Blackfoot, Uncle Mark Bagby, Kellogg's Breakfast, and my last Cherokee Purple. He claims that he's only planting these 4 plants and nothing else. The last Paul Robeson went to a former teacher that I ran into on Primary Day.
(I still have 50 plants of various other varieties...when vowing to only plant 30)
I just tasted my very first Black Krim yesterday... Oh My GAWD.. I wish I would have planted like a hundred.. I think I have like 10 or 12 plants. I've had plenty of home grown tomatoes in my lifetime.. but I have never tasted such a perfect tomato ever!
I see canning in my very near future.. Forget giving them away.. they are gonna have to fight me for um!! LOL
I'm already excited about next year.. I will have more varieties for sure. Wow..
LOL I've got it bad.. I can't stand having to wait... This is torture! Not like I can run out and get me another one at the store or something.. I HAVE to wait! I can't stop thinking about it.. LOL I bet I would have made myself sick if I had more.. LOL
I ran out and tended them all day yesterday.. I cleaned em up nice... (bottom leaves in the mud, etc) and I am working on fixing the cages.. I didn't cage all of them and now I'm paying for it!
Thanks to everyone who responded about the Black Krim. We've just cut the first one and it was delish, but I'm thinking later ones will be even better than that first one, which had a good amount of hot weather right off the bat and not much water. We're starting to get some rain and not quite so hot now (even in July), so I'm reserving my opinion. Those CP's are going to be hard to beat, though.
I've never tried the Black Krim, but I love the C. Purple. Here is a question for those who have tried both. Cherokee Purple tomatoes do not keep well after ripe. Do the Krims do any better at keeping?
Having now harvested some BK's and German Johnsons, I can honestly say that the taste for both is wonderful. However, the GJ's do not keep as well and some of them are suffering from what I think is sun scald. The stem ends are getting lightish, soft areas on them before getting ripe. I'll try to remember to snap a photo and post it so somebody can help ID what this is. But the tomatoes which have ripened are lucious!
I just harvested my first Black Krim two days ago, and I am WOWED by the slightly salty, sweet flavor! I am growing all my tomatoes in 2-gallon black buckets this year with Miracle Gro Moisture Mix potting soil (added lime to combat BER), and Black Krim is the winner in size so far. My other heirloom varieties are: Black Prince, Black Sea Man, Paul Robeson, Powers, and New Moon. Has anyone else grown these varieties before?
I believe I've heard this question before, and what was said about the Krim was that is was the 'most reliable' the superior producer when weather or other conditions aren't ideal. And as has been said, the Cherokee is supposed to be the sweeter of the two.
All gossip and rumors though, as far as I'm concerned, as I haven't tasted any yet. But as one who has always said if I were the last yoomin on earth and all the grocery stores had disappeared I still wouldn't take up canning...Well. I'm buying jars lids and rings in anticipation of all the good I've heard of these black wonders.
I grew one BK last year and liked it so much I saved seed and am growing 9 this year. It was the earliest beefsteak to ripen in my garden, and very productive. It split a little though, sometimes before it was fully ripe, something to watch for.
I have a few CP this year for the first time, just had to find out for myself what the difference is. My seedlings are still being kept warm inside, and only a few inches tall. I usually plant out in october. Waiting is hard!
I have found that the flavor is intensified and the plants are more productive when Cherokee Purples are kept drier than other tomatoes. Our best season was the drought year before last and early planting finished in about 70 days!
melody, you were totally right about the Paul Robeson. This was a really tasty tomato and very beautiful as well. I made a ton of sauce from them. It is on my list of tomatoes to grow from now on, that and Carbon.
CP is more of a consistently uniform shaped tomato in my garden. It is also sweeter in flavor than the PR and the BK. In my opinion, PR is more intense than the BK, but it could have just been the year. None were grown in the same season, so differences in weather can always affect the flavor.
All are quite delicate and bruise easily. Do not store stem end down as they tend to get bruised shoulders. I use mine as quickly as possible. (which is not an issue, as I eat fresh tomatoes with every meal during the season)