Tomato Black Icicle

A 3-4 inch long pointed plum shaped tomato (similar in shape to Roma but black rather than red).


A Russian/Ukrainian cultivar discovered as an accidental cross in a field of other tomatoes by Aleksey Kulik. It’s been stabilised over a number of years but can still be variable.

We grew this for the first time in 2017. Its almost a thug. It grew up to the top of the greenhouse and along, with a large number of well populated trusses of fruit. The plum shaped fruit are a reasonable size, they aren’t brandywine sized but they are as large as Roma. Its an excellent tomato and good for cooking where (like many black/brown varieties), it adds richness to the colour of the sauce.

It also cropped for a reasonably long time with our last tomatoes being picked in mid October when we were clearing out the greenhouses. Well worthwhile growing and we will grow it again from our saved seeds.

2023 Update: It seems a while since we’ve grown these and reading this entry I agree with everything I’d written before. A heavy cropping large “plum shaped” tomato. Very late (the last to start cropping in 2023 the first fruit weren’t ripe until mid September. Good for cooking, makes a dark sauce.

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Cooker
  • Fruit Shape: Pointed Plum
  • Fruit Size: Average
  • Fruit Colour: Black Brown
  • Flesh Colour: Brown
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Ripe Days: Mid (60+ days)
  • Taste: Good for cooking, less so eating raw
  • Our Source: 2016 Seed Swap
  • Origin: Russia/Ukraine
  • Alternatives: Black Plum
  • Fruit per Truss: 8-10
  • Truss Spacing: 12-15 inches

We haven’t found a commercial source for this cultivar, if you know of one please let us know.

Updated: 13/01/2021