“Black Beauty” is a variety by Brad Gates of Wild Board Farms. I’ve been looking at my photos, and I believe this is a chocolate tomato with anthocyanin, not a red fruited variety with anthocyanin. The gel is dark, the flesh has that retained chlorophyll look. But I don’t see how this could be, since the parents are reportedly Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye and Indigo Apple. It isn’t the anthocyanin bleeding into the flesh that I am seeing as dark flesh. Brownish areas are what I see, even as the red visible at the bottom of the fruit from the outside does not look “red.” So, since I really cannot say that it is red, but it doesn’t have the chlorophyll retaining gene from pink and red parents, I will mark it as both red and chocolate, and those who grow it can decide.
Black Beauty set fruit early, but did take some time to ripen, as I normally find with anthocyanin varieties. It is one of three or four varieties this year that had a salty flavor to the juices, which I like. I did not taste much in the way of sweetness, but it wasn’t sharply sour either. Limited stock.
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