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The Difference Between Black Krim vs Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

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So Black Krim vs Cherokee Purple tomatoes. Which is better?

The truth is, that’s impossible to determine if you are listening to just one person. When ascertaining which vegetable type is better when comparing them, you have to factor in people’s individual tastes.

And that’s where you’ll have a problem determining which one is better.

For example, I prefer the Cherokee Purple tomatoes over the Black Krim. But that’s only my own personal taste.

I like a subtle taste in a tomato and a taste that is a little less intense. The Cherokee Purple does have a more acidic flavor though.

After doing a quick analysis of a dozen or so people about which one they would prefer (and this included asking some questions at three different supermarkets), the count was split even.

The Black Krim provides a flavor that is a little more balanced, in my opinion than the Cherokee Purple.

If you prefer a taste that is a little sweeter, then you’ll opt for the Black Krim. Having said that, believe it or not, most people can’t tell the difference. Go figure. I guess it takes a real tomato connoisseur to know the taste difference.

By the way, when I did my lightning survey, of the twelve people who answered, another twenty didn’t even know what these tomato varieties were.

That’s not unusual. My parents were Italian immigrants and you could say I had an Italian upbringing. My parents were farmers and if Italians know one thing, it’s the ins and out of tomatoes.

I could stop writing this article now but I want to suggest you become familiar with these two tomato types.

I’m going to look at the differences, including taste and texture as well as which one is better to grow.

What Is The Difference Between Black Krim vs Cherokee Purple Tomatoes?

black krim tomatoBlack Krim tomatoes are a variety of tomato that is typically dark purple or black. Cherokee Purple tomatoes are a variety of tomato that is typically dark reddish-purple.

Both varieties are heirloom tomatoes, meaning they are open-pollinated and have been passed down for generations.

The main difference between the two varieties is their color. Black Krim tomatoes are darker than Cherokee Purple tomatoes, and their skin is also a bit tougher.

Cherokee Purple tomatoes are slightly lighter in color and have a softer skin.

Both varieties of tomatoes are delicious eaten fresh, but they can also be used in recipes.

Black Krim tomatoes work well in dishes that call for red or purple tomatoes, while Cherokee Purple tomatoes can be used in dishes that call for either red or green tomatoes.

Both of these tomatoes have a unique flavor and texture, but there are some key differences between them.

So recapping the differences…The Black Krim tomato is a dark purple color, almost black with a slightly smoky flavor. It is a bit firmer than other types of tomatoes, and has a slightly crunchy texture.

The Cherokee Purple tomato is a deep red color with a sweet and earthy flavor. It is softer than the Black Krim tomato, is a little larger and has a smooth texture.

What Are The Differences In Availability?

The Cherokee Purple is part of the heirloom tomato family
The Cherokee Purple is part of the heirloom tomato family

There’s not a lot of availability difference between these two varieties. They are what you would call mid-season fruit.

What does this mean?

From planting to maturity, it takes about three months for them to be ready to harvest. If there is a downside to the Black Krim and Cherokee Purple tomatoes, it’s the length of time it takes them to reach maturity.

If you’re a patient person, it’s worth the weight. You’ll rejoice at their big size and more importantly, their delicious.

They are part of the beefsteak tomato family hence their large size. They have been recorded at well over a pound but just under a pound would be their average weight.

Now comes the best part of these two tomato breeds. They’ll provide fruit throughout the entire season with proper maintenance. And if cold weather doesn’t set in and affect the plants, you can continue reaping the reward after the season.

In “gardener speak”, they are what are known as indeterminate tomato varieties. In today’s world of high supermarket prices, these are the fruit and vegetable breeds you want to be growing at home.

Because of their size, Cherokee Purples and Black Krims will need to be staked. With the size of tomatoes they produce, left unstaked, it could see them fold over onto the ground. So stake these tomato plants before they get to maturity.

Be advised though that they will  need to be pruned given their long life span. Not sure how to prune. The following video provides some great advice and guidance.

Black Krim vs Cherokee Purple Tomatoes: Which Is Better To Grow & Which Is Better To Eat?

Black KrimFinally, we get back to the original question of Black Krim vs Cherokee Purple. Which is better?

Truth is, the decision is split. I rate this a draw. I recommend them both to be a part of your garden if you have the space.

If you live in a condo or apartment, A plant of both varieties would be a great idea in pots. You’ll eat of them for a long time and more importantly, ease the pressure on your hip pocket when you visit the supermarket.

Some final advice. Both varieties will provide you with a ton of seeds. If you want to save further money. Then collect the seeds and store them for future planting.

The recommendation is to grow the Black Krim and Cherokee Purple tomatoes from seed in containers and after four to five weeks, replant the seedlings in your garden.

If you’re deciding which variety to grow, then grow both.

Besides, you can switch them up on alternate days. Black Krim one day and Cherokee Purple the next.

For mine, I think they are both worth growing and consuming with neither standing out over the other.

I know that’s a “fence-sitter” response but I truly believe there is no difference between the two when it comes to enjoying their flavor and taste.

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JD Dean

Growing up on a farm gave me and my family some huge advantages. One of them was learning to grow our own food. Apart from acres and acres of crops, we had a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden plus, we canned our own food. I’m hoping to pass on some of this expertise and experience to you.

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