This is one of the most popular black tomatoes grown. The earthy, distinctive, sweet-smoky flavor of this rare black slicing tomato wins flavor contests every year. Luscious, velvety smooth texture, beautiful skin, rich with juice. Like other so-called black tomatoes, the fruit is more of a dark maroon to brick-red with dusky dark green shoulders and meaty red flesh. 3-4 in. oblate fruits weighing 6–12 oz. are often bi-lobed and borne two to a cluster. Usually free of cracking and blemishes. This famous tomato has almost a cult following among seed collectors and tomato connoisseurs. Indeterminate. The highly productive plants need to be staked. Maturity 70-80 days from transplant. Packet contains at least 30 seeds.
An old Russian heirloom, this tomato was named in honor of Paul Robeson (1898-1976) the famous opera singer and star of 'King Solomon's Mines', 1937. Robeson was a star athlete (15 varsity letters at Rutgers), actor (played Othello in the longest-running Shakespearean production in Broadway history), singer (world famous for his vibrant baritone renditions of Negro spirituals including “Old Man River”), orator, cultural scholar, law school graduate, and linguist (fluent in at least 15 languages). Paul Robeson was an Equal Rights Advocate for Blacks in Russia as well as all around the world. Revered by the left, reviled by the right, he was blacklisted during the McCarthy Era and beyond, harassed by the FBI, his passport revoked for eight years, his career stifled. He died broken and almost forgotten, his life a testament to lost opportunities in 20th-century American history. But his artistry was appreciated world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union, and hence this tomato bearing his name. An extraordinary tomato for an extraordinary man.