Also known as 'Black Crimson', this exceptional Russian heirloom variety was named after the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. A reliable garden favorite, indeterminate vines produce large yields of maroon colored beefsteaks that are great for eating fresh or cooking. Flavor is excellent, slightly saltier than most, with the intense complex flavor expected from a black Russian variety.
|Germination||Sow seeds indoors 1/4 in. deep 4-12 weeks before last frost. Germinates best with soil temp between 70-85F. Average time for germination is 1-2 weeks.|
|Life Cycle||perennial often grown as an annual|
|Antagonists||all 'Brassica' members, corn, potatoes|
|Companions||basil, borage, carrots, chives, lettuce, onions|
|Uses||edible*(fruit, oil), medicinal*, utility (insecticide, oil, repellent)|
|Breed Status||Heirloom/Open Pollinated|
|Saving Seeds/Propagation||Allow fruits to fully mature before scooping out the seeds into a container. Let seeds and pulp ferment at room temperature for 2-5 days. To separate seeds from pulp, add water and allow seeds to sink to the bottom. Pour off the floating pulp and inviable seeds. Repeat until clean. Disinfect (optional) before drying at room temperature for 15-30 days, depending on humidity. Despite being primarily self-pollinated, methods to prevent cross pollination or adequate isolation distances should be used if producing true seed.|
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