Tomato 'Noire de Crimee'

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 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. My current favourite salad variety.

Genus Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Variety Noire de Crimee
Group Heritage
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Black Krim Tomato
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 150cm (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.
Care Tips Under cover or outside they need staking, and regular watering and feeding for best results. Need trimming and support, pinch out the tops once they have set 5 or 6 trusses. While still small, you also need to pinch out the side shoots. Water regularly to prevent splitting. 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.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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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.