If you have ever tried to grow your own tomatoes, then you know how difficult it can be when it comes to getting fresh, healthy black "Icicle" tomatoes. These are actually a subset of the larger "black" variety and are much more resistant to some pests, including tomatoes themselves. The Sicilian Black varieties are some of the most popular tomato varieties in the United States. The variety is so hardy that it is used to produce everything from sausage and egg dishes to soup. There are even television commercials for Italian sausage with this variety.
Black Ice is popular in the wholesale trade as well. It is a smaller sub-genre of Sicilian Tomatoes. The tomatoes used to make this sausage are smaller and easier to grow. They do require more frequent watering than the larger, black varieties. They also need to have more frequent exposure to the sun to produce the best tasting tomatoes.
Another sub-genre is the Black "Bean, And Orange" Tomatoes. The smaller variety is easy to grow and maintain, but the larger one is not as easy to grow - however, it is the most prolific variety. The bean variety can tolerate some shade and water - but they are not so good for eating raw (unless you add water to the pulp). In fact, the taste of the bean variety is somewhat less sweet than the tomato variety.
Once you get these down, keep them in glass jars, and add about a teaspoon of salt per quart of water. This will help to ensure that the seeds stay submerged in the water, while allowing them to germinate. They should start to pop about 2 weeks after you begin introducing new seeds. Be sure to have the soil moist when you plant them - nothing will harm them more than being overwatered.
Black Ice is so hard to grow that you may find this cultivar is not viable at all. It has been known to take up to two years to mature. If you want to try to grow them, you have to be prepared to buy in bulk. These tomatoes are so popular that most wholesale suppliers will have no problem growing you an ample supply. You can order them online.
While the other two varieties are going to ripen slowly, the Black Ice tomatoes are considered to ripen quickly - sometimes in as little as ten days. To get these tomatoes to ripen, just leave them in your garden. Since they don't have to go through the same process as the others, you won't have to wait as long to harvest the harvest from them. Because they are in such high demand in wholesale markets, they sell themselves fairly quickly - making it easier than any of the other varieties to get them.
Keep in mind that they are also very fragile. Since they are so small, it makes it easier for them to break and fall apart when exposed to water. Since you won't be getting them on a regular basis, you should only water them every few days or so. In regards to the variety, you are only going to be able to grow about one kind of tomato with this plant - meaning that you'll be limited to using this as a filler rather than as your primary variety of tomato. Because of its fragile nature, keep it out of areas that are constantly exposed to water.
The other two varieties - the Purple Cone and the Golden Bell - will ripen more quickly. The Black Ice variety is the slowest growing one of the three. However, it has the most prolific fruit bearing potential out of all of them. Because of its delicate nature and high yield potential, this is a great variety to start with if you're looking to grow a lot of tomatoes in a small space. As you continue to grow them, you can turn this into the other varieties of tomatoes that you have always wanted - but have never had the time or resources to do.