About Black cream tomato
The black cream tomato is a flattened globe-shaped, medium-sized reddish-purple skin. Looks like beefsteak-type tomatoes. In hot, sunny conditions and with heat the skin becomes almost black.
The reddish-green flesh is slightly smoky, the taste is intense and balanced by acidity with sweetness, giving a slightly salty taste. The tomato plant takes about 70 days from transplanting to harvesting. Black cream tomatoes weigh an average of eight to twelve ounces. Heat-tolerant and adaptable to a wide range of climates. Healthy tomato vines reach heights of six feet or more. They usually need sticks or cages to support the high yields of large, heavy fruits. The tomato makes a delicious dish like ‘black cream’ in sauces, sandwiches, and salads. “Cream” is the Ukrainian word “Crimea”, a Ukrainian island in the Crimean region of Russia near the Black Sea where the black cream tomato was grown. Tomato is considered one of the best varieties of black tomato. The Tomato was grown commercially in the United States in 1990. It has gained significant popularity on the west coast of the United States. The tomato is also known as ‘Black Cream’, ‘Black Crimea’ and ‘Noir de Cream’.
Black cream tomatoes are rich in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. And a good source of lycopene, which is a natural antioxidant in cancer prevention. The dark purple color of tomatoes increases the levels of anthocyanins, a natural pigmentation with strong antioxidant benefits that can help protect against heart disease.
How to grow black cream tomatoes?
If you want to start your black cream tomato from seed, start sowing indoors about six weeks before a black cream tomato tree snows. Prepare a seedbed filled with organic manure mixture and plant moist seeds. Cover each container with two or three seeds 1/4-inch deep with moist sand or mixture. Black cream seeds are fairly small and if you plant them too deep they will not produce enough energy. However, cover the pots with plastic. At 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit the seeds will germinate in five to seven days. Open the plastic wrap and place the seedlings in a well-lit place. Keep the mixture moist so water regularly. Place one seedling in each container and remove excess seedlings.
When all the hazards of frost have been removed and the soil is the warm, plant in a sunny place. Dig 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) of manure or compost in the soil before planting. Plant up to two-thirds of the stem to grow a strong, sturdy tomato plant. If the tomato plant is to grow a little, be sure to install a steak or tomato cage. The care of this black cream tomato plant is no different than any other type of tomato.
Water and fertilizer
If you wish, you can apply a layer of mulch that will help control weed growth. Pull the mulch 3 to 4 inches deep from the stalks of the tomato tree. Keep watering regularly to keep the soil evenly moist and to avoid wet/dry cycles. If you are in a hot climate, water more frequently.
Be sure to take 1 cup of good fertilizer weekly, such as organic fertilizer, bone meal, compost tea.
Keep monitoring plants for signs of aphids, whiteflies, tomato hornworms and fungal infections. ‘Black cream’ is not resistant to various diseases. Wash hands thoroughly before handling plants from a smoker, as the tobacco mosaic virus can be transmitted to tomato plants. If the temperature is below 90 degrees Fahrenheit, spray aphids and neem oil or insecticide soap on the plant in case of water eruption. Remove diseased or dying green leaves.
Harvest your black cream
‘Black cream’ is a variety that bears fruit 70 to 90 days after planting in the garden. When your tomato fruits turn dark red and maroon, they easily peel off the stalks. Keep freshly picked tomatoes at the home counter and use them in a few days. You can also put your tomatoes in a hot water bath as a stew or sauce.
Black Krim vs. Cherokee purple Tomato
Cherokee purple tomatoes and black cream tomatoes, if you look at these dark tomatoes, you will almost certainly notice two varieties.
Cherokee Purple Tomato – Named after the Native American Cherokee tribe, who have been cultivating it since the 19th century.
Black Cream Tomato – A Ukrainian island in the Crimean region of Russia where black cream tomatoes were grown.
Cherokee purple tomatoes and black cream tomato color – both characterized by their green-brown color, the tomatoes remain the same color when fully ripe, ripen in the same color and have dark red flesh.
The Cherokee purple tomato – tomato looks flat, rectangular-shaped beefsteak tomato, but the Cherokee purple tomato is often larger than the black cream tomato.
Black Cream Tomatoes – Slightly flattened, like a rectangular beefsteak tomato, usually yields 8 ounces of tomatoes, some up to 12 ounces.