Heirloom Black Cherry Tomatoes

by Dorothy Reinhold on February 26, 2012

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Today is an ode to food that is flat out gorgeous, as well as delicious.

Behold, the heirloom Black Cherry Tomato. With a natural color that results from pollination from different cherry tomato colors, these make a beautiful addition to a tomato salad. Or just strew a handful onto the dinner plate alongside whatever else you’re eating.

Heirloom Black Cherry TomatoesTheir flavor is unique — just a bit more complex and perhaps smoky, with a sweet pop.

They’re from Mexico (grown in a hothouse or shade house), and cost in the neighborhood of $3.49; distributed by Melissa’s Produce. (Melissa’s kindly sent me a sample to try.)

But never mind all that. Just behold their beauty.

Heirloom Black Cherry TomatoesAnd then pop them into your mouth.

My children consider cherry tomatoes candy. That works for me.

Heirloom Black Cherry Tomato compared with other colorsRecipes you might like to try them in:

Tuna, Tomato, Bean and Basil Salad

Chicken, Orzo, Artichoke Salad

Chicken and Israeli Couscous Veggie Salad

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

mim June 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

I don’t believe that black cherry tomatoes come from Mexico. The true Black Cherry was developed by Vince and Linda Sapp of Tomato Growers Supply and released in 2003


Roger Paul July 31, 2014 at 6:20 am

How could they just be released in 2003 and be considered heirloom?


Dorothy Reinhold July 31, 2014 at 10:58 am

I believe they are a cross-pollination with heirloom seeds, to get the appearance and flavor of heirlooms in a cherry tomato-sized fruit.


heather May 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I love these. I found them last year at Lowes. Everyone loved them, but I can’t find them this year. Where can I get some more?


Julie February 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

OOOH! Love these photos! I wanna pop them in my mouth too! (and fortunately my kids are like yours…they eat these like snacks!)


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