Mr green wrote:I grew Black Krim, and Purple Calabash last season, both made deformations, and fruits matured really uneaven, one part could be rotting away while another is still hard green. 75% of my fruits on these plants where complete freaks like that...
Was my first year trying heirlooms, and im no fan so far.
Purple Calabash is a seriously convoluted variety anyway. I was going to try growing them because supposedly Thomas Jefferson introduced it at Monticello, and also because I thought it would be fun to grow them with Kamatis Tagalog, which I like:
Subject: Kamatis Tagalog
This is a tomato variety from the Philippines. I got the seeds from Gixxerific who, I think, got them directly from a tomato enthusiast in Philippines who goes by screen name of Adobo at a different forum.
It's a funny looking tomato, flat and orbital with extensive fluting. The epidermis is clear and the flesh is red, resulting In gorgeous dark pink color with waxy shine when fully ripe. I started this one early, thinking tropical variety would be a late maturer, but it was one of the first to bear fruit and ripen.
Two on the left are normal fruits. Some of the megablooms try to make a semblance of spherical fruit by feat of contortion like the three fruits on the right
...hmmm not getting the right color... I'll try to find/take more photos....
-- but I read so many reviews that Purple Calabash is a spitter, so I gave up on the idea.
I generally don't like super pleated varieties because bugs and fungal issues can hide in them anyway. BUT I couldn't resist trying Charlie Chaplin this year.
... Now, back to the OP -- black tomato alternative to Black Krim
.... Hmmm... Do you want "black" as in yellow epi? I seem to prefer "purples" with clear epi... Having trouble coming up with a black. Maybe Black and Brown Boar
? Some people swear by Japanese Black Trifele
, though they didn't do too well for me last year.... I'm trying Black from Tula
this year for the first time, which is supposed to be "great".