Rita's Black

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Tomato 'Rita's Black', August 2017. ©Kelly
Tomato 'Rita's Black', plant & flowers. June 2017. ©Kelly

Grower: Kelly

Year: 2017

Accession: 327

Seed Source: Dan McMurray Memorial Seed Bank (Creston, BC)


2017 Really more of a dark red/brown/mahogany than a black fruit. Sweet flavour, very meaty with tart skin. Some susceptibility to cracking in downpours. Very reliably produced for me, excellent production (by far my best in 2017). Fruit size can vary quite wildly, with some being a pear shape, and some being quite a wide pear shape. Larger core, good for preservation. 9 lbs/plant.

Plant Growth Observations

Vine Growth Type: Indeterminate

Vine Growth Habit: Sprawling

Plant size: Large

Leaf type: Potato

Leaf Coverage: Fair

Maturity: Mid (80 days)

Fruit Observations

Skin colour: Brown

Flesh colour: Red

Fruit Shape: Pear

Fruit Fasciation: Smooth

Fruit Firmness: Moderate

Fruit Set: Good

Average Fruit Diameter:

Average Fruit Length:

Average Fruit Weight: 150-200 gr

Affliction Observations

Other Observations

  • Excellent producer with a wide range of weather


  • Belgian heirloom
  • Introduced to North America by Dan & Val McMurray of Wynndel, BC. Obtained through a trade with Rita De Clereq (Belgium).