New 'Black Pearl' Tomato

By Charlie Nardozzi

Over the last 20 years there has been a color revolution in the tomato world. What was traditionally a round, red fruit now comes in a variety of shapes, such as oval, wrinkled, and pointed; and colors such as yellow, pink, orange, white, striped, and yes, even black.

While home gardeners may have heard or even seen a few full-sized "black" tomatoes (they're really dark purple or brown if that makes them sound more appealing), now there is a new variety of black cherry tomato.

'Black Pearl' grows on an indeterminate vine, producing an abundance of 1-1/2-inch-diameter, purplish black fruits. The flavor is sweet, rich, and complex. One company compares the flavor to a 'Concord' grape. Visually it's intriguing. Imagine growing 'Black Pearl' next to bright yellow 'Yellow Currant' and orange 'Sun Gold' cherry tomatoes in your garden!

For more information on this unique-colored cherry tomato, go to: Burpee Seeds.

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