|[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Ethiopian') | Posted on February 12, 2013 ]
Black Ethiopian (BE) is a winner. We've grown the very productive, vigorous, and long producing variety for at least 10 years, and have saved seeds. A very vinous plant, it can grow to 10 to12+ feet, so good trellises are indicated...you can even canopy it! Very indeterminate, BE often keeps producing long into the fall - it's always one of the last to yield to colder weather and shortening days. A tasty tomato with good sweetness / acid balance, its purple-dark red-green hues look great in salads mixed w bright red & yellow fruit of other varieties. BE does tend to produce seedy fruits but the modest effort to separate out seeds is worth it [we tend to for cooking, but not so much for salads]. And don't let the Afro name fool ya...Black Ethiopian comes from deep eastern Europe: Russia, or maybe Ukraine.