(Lycopersicon esculentum )
Blackish purple fruit with a rich sweet flavour.
Fresh tomatoes are enhanced by herbs like parsley, chives and celery leaf. Can also be blended with more dessert type herbs like mint, lemon balm and the fruity sages. Partner with any leafy vegetable like lettuce, spinach, mizuna or beetroot leaves. If cooking mix with shallots, garlic, basil, oregano and chilli.
Like all tomatoes, Black Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and Vitamin C. Serve in salads, sandwiches or mixed with red and yellow cherry tomatoes, fresh fetta and black olives for a healthy snack. Health benefits can be enhanced by moderate cooking. Black Russian is good for baking or using in pasta dishes.
Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.6 to 1.8m stake.
Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color.