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As a comment about Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Krim'), BookerC1 wrote:

2011 was my first year growing this tomato. I've liked other black tomatoes, and heard good reviews about Black Krim. It was smaller than I expected, but had the smoky, rich flavor I was looking for.
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Sep 28, 2011 9:15 AM CST
BookerC,
The Black Krims I grow average 1+ pounds, and are meaty and dense, without being runny. It is my 2nd favorite heirloom tomato, after Pruden's Purple.

The fruits in your picture don't look like the Black Krims I've grown. Mine have a purple/black body as in your picture, but they are much more broad and rounded, and also exhibit the characteristic green shoulders all the way around, that tend to identify them as Black Krims. Additionally, the flesh of my Black Krims is a much darker purple/black/green color, almost like it is rotting. Which is why some people hesitate to taste it. The tomatoes in your pic are far more on the "red" side than any Blacks I've ever grown.

The fruit in my picture was a full 3" in diameter, completely filling the cupped palm of my hand. Seven people sampled thick slices of it in a taste test, and pronounced it "fantastic!"

It does have the complex, smokey tones you described.

Linda
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Name: Angie
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BookerC1
Sep 28, 2011 2:44 PM CST
Do you think this picture should be removed? It is possible that someone switched the labels at the nursery.
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
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Gymgirl
Sep 28, 2011 10:03 PM CST
I wondered if that might have happened, certainly through no fault of yours.

How about we let a few other BK growers weigh in first? Your's could very well be a different strain.

Linda
Name: Angie
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BookerC1
Sep 29, 2011 2:25 PM CST
Sounds fine with me. I did go searching online for other pictures, and didn't see any others with an oblong shape like mine. It wouldn't be the first time I got something home and discovered it wasn't what it was supposed to be. Another plant that was labeled "Cupid Grape Tomatoes" turned out to be something nearly softball sized, with deep vertical creases, almost like a pumpkin. It was very unique looking, but I have no idea what it might have been, if I wanted to grow it again. It wasn't anything stupendous enough to motivate me to save seeds. :)

Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
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Gymgirl
Oct 5, 2011 12:20 PM CST
Oh, BookerC1,
Those were grapes in "the Land of the Giants!" Drooling
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a)
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BookerC1
Oct 5, 2011 2:49 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I actually thought about the Bible verse where they sent spies into the promised land, and they brought back clusters of grapes so big it took two men to carry them. : ) I had plenty of cherry-type tomatoes, so I wasn't too upset about it. Shrug!

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