Indigo Rose - Tasting the OSU tomato
Wednesday, 22 Aug 12
Indigo Rose is a named variety released from the OSU tomato anthocyanin breeding program mentioned first by @nickyn in this journal entry. I got my seeds from Johnny’s Seed this year, and am growing them for the first time.
For a full read of the OSU press-release, check the article: Purple tomato debuts as ‘Indigo Rose’.
My plant is loaded with fruit, so the single plant is going to give ample opportunity to sample the fruit. The first fruits got cooked up before they were tasted, and were very sweet and flavorful in some roasted ratatouille.
The three that I picked today, were sliced up and passed around at the supper table. They were tasty but not bold, and were not fully “flavored up”. As noted in the press-release article, Myers cautions readers to not pick them too early. When the color changes from a shiny blue-purple to a dull purple-brown, then they are ready to pick. 1
I think I picked mine too early and the flavors weren’t there yet. They are definitely still blue-purple shiny and the core had a green tint.
I included some pics of them lying next to other tomatoes for a size reference.
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