180+ Shockingly Dark “Black” Tomatoes for Your Garden!

Contrary to popular belief, black tomatoes aren’t that uncommon. In fact, various heirloom varieties can be found all over the world!

Tomato cultivars and varieties that naturally produce dark brown or black fruits are

  1. 1884 Purple
  2. Abraham Brown Tomato
  3. Afternoon Delight Tomato
  4. Alices Dream Tomato
  5. Amazon Chocolate
  6. Ananas Bleue
  7. Ananas Noire
  8. Atomic Sunset
  9. Aurora Blue
  10. Aussie Drop
  11. Bayou Dusk
  12. Big Cheef
  13. Black
  14. Black & Brown Boar
  15. Black Beauty
  16. Black Cherry
  17. Black Crimson
  18. Black Ethiopian
  19. Black From Tula
  20. Black Icicle
  21. Black Krim
  22. Black Mammoth
  23. Black Mauri
  24. Black Opal
  25. Black Pearl
  26. Black Pear
  27. Black Plum
  28. Black Prince
  29. Black Russian
  30. Black Sea Man
  31. Black Strawberry
  32. Black Velvet
  33. Black Zebra
  34. Blood Gulch
  35. Blue Beauty
  36. Blue Berries
  37. Blue Bling’s
  38. Blue Chocolate
  39. Blue Fire
  40. Blue Goldberrry
  41. Blue Keyes
  42. Blue Pear
  43. Blue Sun
  44. Boronia Dwarf
  45. Bounty’s Best
  46. Brad’s Atomic Grape
  47. Brad’s Black Heart
  48. BrandyFred
  49. BrandyFred Dwarf
  50. Brandywine Black
  51. Brown Berry
  52. Bundaberg Rumball
  53. Candyhearts
  54. Cappuccino
  55. Carbon
  56. Carol Chyko’s Big Paste Black
  57. Chef’s Choice Black
  58. Cherokee Chocolate
  59. Cherokee Purple
  60. Chestnut Chocolate
  61. Chocolate
  62. Chocolate Champion
  63. Chocolate Cherry
  64. Chocolate Lightning
  65. Chocolate Pear
  66. Chocolate Sprinkles
  67. Chocolate Stripes
  68. Chocolate Wonder
  69. Christmas Purple Grapes
  70. Cosmic Eclipse
  71. Cosmos
  72. Cream
  73. Crème Brulee
  74. Crushed Heart
  75. Cuban Pepper Like Black
  76. D. Steel
  77. Dancing With Smurfs
  78. Deaton’s Dwarf
  79. Dark Galaxy
  80. Dark Striped Sweetheart
  81. Dark Tiger
  82. De Barao Black
  83. Dice’s Mystery Black
  84. Dirty Curty
  85. Dwarf Andy’s Forty
  86. Dwarf Audrey’s Love
  87. Dwarf Black Angus
  88. Dwarf Crimson Sockeye
  89. Dwarf Mahogany
  90. Dwarf Purple Heart
  91. Dwarf Purple Reign
  92. Dwarf Shadow Boxing
  93. Dwarf Striped Antho
  94. Dwarf Tiger Eye
  95. Dwarf Velvet Night
  96. Dwarf Wild Spudleaf
  97. Eva Purple Ball
  98. Evan’s Purple Pear
  99. Fioletovyi Kruglyi
  100. Flander’s Contrast
  101. Fred’s Tie Dye Dwarf
  102. Gargamel
  103. Garnet
  104. Gold Berries
  105. Golden Tiger
  106. Golova Negra
  107. Great Blue
  108. Great White Blues
  109. Gum Drop Black
  110. Gypsy
  111. H34 ROT-Jolie Coeur
  112. Haley’s Purple Comet
  113. Helsing Junction Blue
  114. Hershey Boar
  115. Indian Stripe
  116. Indian Zebra
  117. Indigo Apple
  118. Indigo Rose
  119. Indische Fleisch
  120. Inkspot
  121. Jackie
  122. Japanese Trifele Black
  123. Kaleidoscope Jewel
  124. Kangaroo Paw Brown
  125. KARMA Purple
  126. KARMA Purple Multiflora
  127. Kiss The Sky
  128. Kookaburra Cackle
  129. Lucid Gem
  130. Lush Lovely
  131. Maralinga
  132. Margaret Curtain
  133. Midnight Select
  134. Mikado Black
  135. Moonstone
  136. Moya Noire
  137. Nairobi Nights
  138. Negrillo de Almoguera
  139. Noir De Crimee
  140. Northern Elan
  141. Nyagous
  142. Orange Blue
  143. Owen’s Purple
  144. Paul Robeson
  145. Paul Robeson European
  146. Perth’s Pride Dwarf
  147. Pigletwillie’s French Black
  148. Polaris
  149. Pride of Flanders
  150. Primary Colors
  151. Pruden’s Purple
  152. Purple Bumble Bee
  153. Purple Calabash
  154. Purple Dragon
  155. Purple Light
  156. Purple Russian
  157. Purple Zebra
  158. Rebel Brother
  159. Red Beauty
  160. Reinhard Kraft’s Purple Heart
  161. Rosella Purple
  162. Sart Roloise
  163. Schwarze Sarah
  164. Sgt Pepper’s
  165. Sinister Minister
  166. Sleeping Lady
  167. South African Black Mystery
  168. Southern Night
  169. Spudatula Black
  170. Stormin’ Norman
  171. Stripes Of Yore
  172. Sunchocola
  173. Tartufo
  174. Tar Tops
  175. Tasmanian Chocolate
  176. Thunder Mountain
  177. Tim’s Black Ruffles
  178. True Black Brandywine
  179. Tsungshigo Chinese
  180. Uluru Ochre
  181. Ussuri Tiger
  182. Varsovia
  183. Vorlon
  184. Woolly Kate
  185. Yellow Dragon

You’re probably wondering why this is possible, so let me tell you how!

What Makes Black Tomatoes so Dark?

Black tomatoes aren’t actually completely black. Rather, they are typically super dark red, purple, and blue varieties.

The fruits of so-called black tomatoes are produced by high amounts of anthocyanins, a natural plant pigment that results in varying shades of purples, reds, and blues. Due to this, cultivars and varieties of black tomato plants are sometimes called antho tomatoes too!

Naturally Black and Dark-Colored Tomatoes
Naturally Black and Dark-Colored Tomatoes

Also, not all black tomato plants produce completely black fruits. For the most part, black tomatoes are only dark around their shoulders or top halves.

Others may also be on the lighter side, having shades closer to chocolate brown.

But if you want a darker black tomato at home, make sure to give your plant plenty of full sun exposure—as much as you can within a day!

Honestly, though, I find the bi-colored and multi-colored black tomatoes more stunning. The striking contrast in their colors makes them all the more gorgeous.

Purple Calabach tomatoes, for example, can have very dark skin and bright orange flesh!

The Different Shapes and Sizes of Black Tomatoes

Common shapes of black tomatoes include grape, cherry, pear, plum, round, flattened globe, and also beefsteak.

The tiniest black tomatoes include Chocolate Cherry and Black tomatoes, which are 0.5–0.6 oz (14–17 g) per fruit.

Others, such as Black Mauri, Black Plum, and Black Zebra tomatoes weigh about 2–4 oz (55–110 g).

Bigger black tomatoes can grow as big as 10–16 oz (280–450 g). This includes popular black tomato varieties including Paul Robeson, Brandywine Black, Black Sea Man, Cherokee Chocolate, and Chocolate Stripes flattened globe.

How Big Does a Black Tomato Plant Grow?

Black tomato plants are predominantly indeterminate, growing about 6–8 ft (1.8–2.4 m) each. Such vining tomatoes include Paul Robeson, Black Zebra, and Black Plum.

Only a few black tomato varieties are determinate such as the Blakc See Man which grows to just about 4 ft (1.2 m).

You’ll also notice that most black tomatoes are heirloom varieties.

Simply put, the great majority of black tomatoes weren’t specifically bred to produce red fruits.

Instead, they were produced naturally, with factors such as sunlight, resulting in darker colors.

I would also say that black tomatoes have some of the most unique flavor profiles. Black Russian tomatoes, for instance, taste surprisingly smoky and rich.

Are Blossom End Rot and Black Tomatoes the Same?

Normal Black Tomatoes vs Tomatoes Affected by Blossom End Rot
Normal Black Tomatoes vs Tomatoes Affected by Blossom End Rot

Be careful when looking for truly black tomatoes, such varieties should be partially—if not fully—black from their tops.

Meanwhile, fruits still on the vine that suddenly start turning black from the bottom are diseased tomatoes.

It starts out as a small black-brown spot before spreading out and affecting it more. This is a common sign of blossom end rot.


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