Tomato 'Noire de Crimèe'

An extraordinary, crimson-skinned, Russian Tomato, with incredible flavour and firm, but juicy texture for the ultimate tomato salad. More
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An extraordinary, crimson-skinned, Russian Tomato with incredible flavour and a firm, but juicy texture for the ultimate tomato salad.

This comes from the Crimea, an area of Europe with a similar climate to ours, so this is much better suited to growing in Britain, inside or out, than many Southern European, hotter climate forms. Harvest according to feeling for ripeness, not the skin colour as this can be misleading. My current favourite salad variety.

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If you have ordered these seeds, we have had unforeseen delays and they will now be available late March. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Genus Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Group/Species Heritage (Cordon/Indeterminate) Tomato
Variety Noire de Crimèe
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Black Krim Tomato
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.5m (5ft)
Spacing Leave 60-90cm (24-36in) between each plant. Plant them deep, sinking them to a depth of 0.5cm below the seed leaves.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover at end of Jan-March for planting out in April/May. Transplant seedlings into 9cm (3.5in) pots and grow on in a glasshouse (or a well-lit windowsill), once roots have filled these, transplant into 2 litre pots to grow on. When the first flowers begin to show their yellow colouring plants should be ready to plant into their final positions. For unheated greenhouses, final planting can take place in mid-spring. For growing outside, gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions before planting out in early summer. When planting into ground, add plenty of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting and create a shallow circular reservoir around the plant to help retain water or use Ring Culture Pots. Leave 60-90cm (24-36in) between each plant and plant them deep, sinking them to a depth of 0.5cm below the seed leaves. For containers, use a large pot (minimum 5 litres) and fill with a good quality, peat-free compost. For Grow Bags, allow two plants per bag.
Care Tips Under cover or outside they need staking, regular watering and weekly feeding for best results. Water the soil, not the plant, tomato leaves and stems dislike getting wet. Pinch out the tops once they have set 5 or 6 trusses. You also need to pinch out any shoots that develop between the stem and main branches as they divert valuable energy from the developing fruits. Companion planting works well with tomatoes. Try basil underneath as a sacrificial planting – white fly is drawn to it rather than your tomatoes – or try garlic, nasturtiums or tagetes to repel aphids. Find more information on how to grow tomatoes from seed. Find more information on how to grow tomatoes from seed.
Storing Tomatoes can be kept at room temperature for 4-5 days (they will lose their flavour if kept in the fridge), and will freeze well.
Harvesting Cordons fruit over a long period. You should be picking tomatoes in July and continue harvesting from the cordons until October.
Cooking Notes These are delicious raw or cooked. Or try adding it to Sarah's Chilli jam recipe, for a rich colour and intense flavour.
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Tomato 'Noire de Crimèe' reviews

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Reviewed 8th January 2020 by Joanna

Can’t give it five stars until I know about germination and plant quality. But delivery excellent. Thank you.

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Reviewed 24th September 2019 by Julie

Great service. A good tasting tomato and a good germinn rate, I found it best to leave the
Tomatoes for a few days after picking to allow the flavour to develop a little more. Will definitely purchase again

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Reviewed 13th August 2019 by Christine

Looking Ok at the moment, too early to rate the taste

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maralyn

The juiciest tomato I have ever grown. Skins a little tough

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maureen

Information supplied with the seeds good as was the delivery.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Looking Ok at the moment, too early to rate the taste

Gorgeous tomatoes

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Reviewed 7th August 2018 by Abigail Smith

I am growing these in my greenhouse with a watering system, so have not had any splitting, despite ultra hot temperatures! These are the best tomatoes I have grown, some as large as an apple with a flavour you only get with home grown tomatoes. This will be grown every year from now on.

Most incredible tomatoes ever tasted!

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Reviewed 8th October 2017 by Mary Lloyd

Best tomatoe tasted in 30 years. When you cook with them they have the intensive flavour of tomatoe puree. Won't be without these from now on
Highly recommended.

Large and sweet, excellent

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Reviewed 22nd August 2017 by Annie Hazell

I'm growing these outdoors and they have been superb. Large round fruits that are super sweet when ripe. The have a tendency to split slightly - the plants I gave away have done the same - but this has not affected the quality of the fruit in any way. Will definitely be growing again in the future.


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Reviewed 27th September 2014 by Gwynedd Lloyd

Grew in greenhouse. Real tomatoes, large, sweet, distinctive flavour. Excellent sliced in salad and cooked whole or in sauce. Will definitely grow more next year.