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Old April 11, 2018   #16
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Black cherry hates cool damp weather big time and will flop from disease at the drop of a hat.
This isn't an observation from one year growing it but several.
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Old April 11, 2018   #17
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Black Cherry has been on my must-grow list for years, and I usually grow at least six: three in the hoophouse, and three outside. The one trick I’ve learned to get the best (heavenly) flavor is to not rush them, but let them get really ripe. At just full color they are bland at best, but resist the rush until they are really dark and begin to soften a bit, and revel in the flavor explosion.


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Old April 11, 2018   #18
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Black Cherry can be pretty sour. I describe it as being sweet and sour (the gel is sour and the walls rather sweet).
OP, you should try Berkley Tie Dye Pink, it's stronger/sourer tasting than BC.
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Old April 11, 2018   #19
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The three cherries that are often compared with
each other,hopefully in the same season are

Black Cherry, developed by TGS
Chocolate Cherry, developed by Aaron Whaley
Brown Cherry,history not clear.

If you do a search here at Tville,you should be able to come up with those comparisons.

And as I said above I know of other cherries that are dark as well, the one I think I like best is

Chornaya Lakoma

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Old April 11, 2018   #20
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I'm growing Black Cherry also. To my taste buds, it's a sweet tomato. From what little I've read about cherry tomatoes, it might be second only to Sungold in flavor. Hopefully yours was just an early tomato, and that they will come around.
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Old April 11, 2018   #21
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Black Opal is also very good.
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Old April 11, 2018   #22
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I've had some lackluster Black Cherry fruit as well. And I also noticed a sourness that wasn't pleasing to my palate. Some of the fruit was good, but none were ever great. Frankly, I prefer Maglia Rosa (of which, reputedly, Black Cherry is a parent).
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Old April 11, 2018   #23
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Black Opal is also very good.
Agreed.
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Old April 12, 2018   #24
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If you look at the blossom end of a Black Cherry, the color should not be silvery, or pink, but a dark maroon. Then it's ripe.

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Old April 12, 2018   #25
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Black Cherry has been an annual tomato since the first year it was offered for sale (I think it was even a year earlier but my memory is fading) and it has been the only cherry I pick off the vine and eat in the garden. Never a sour one here; always rich and sweet.
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Old April 19, 2018   #26
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My first cluster just started to change color yesterday. I've been dying to try one since I planted it. It's going to be like watching paint dry. Hoping it's as good as everyone says.
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You could do an expiriment and get back to us. Try one now before they are ripe and then again once ripe and let us know what the difference in taste is. Are they sour now?
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Never sour, but not my favourite one for taste either.

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Old April 25, 2018   #29
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Just tasted my first black cherry tomato. Thanks to this thread I let them ripen a few more days until they were solid maroon. There was absolutely zero sourness. It caught me off guard a little bit because I've never eaten a tomato that had no tartness to speak of. It was sweet, but not overly candy sweet. It was almost like someone condensed a bunch of tomatoes down into one small one. It packed a tomatoey punch. Very tasty!
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Old April 30, 2018   #30
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I also liked Black Opal which I grew last year. I do not know how productive it would be in an open soil since I grew it in a pot, but the flavor was really sweet with good solid texture and beautiful dark color. I grew balack cherry for 3 years hoping to get that described complex taste, but it was very sour tasting. Th fourth year I dug out a packet from a different source - one of the exchanges, and gave it a try and the flavor was similar to what is described as a norm: some sourness, but also sweetness and complex flavor. Maybe I will try them side by side next year.
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