Linda’s blue orchid (ick!) post may have led to this one subliminally.
I seem to have a thing for oddly-colored vegetables (see my orange cucumber post). When I saw this new tomato in the 2012 Johnny’s Seeds catalog, I had to have it.
‘Indigo Rose’ was bred by Dr. Jim Myers of Oregon State University. Jim wrote the book (literally) on Organic Plant Breeding – using traditional breeding methods to breed varieties of vegetables that perform well for organic farmers. With ‘Indigo Rose’, his goal was to increase the anthocyanin content in the skin for increased anti-oxidant properties. Hence the very cool color. The inside is regular tomato-color, though. Darn.
Pardon my Late Blight.
Johnny’s calls it a "cocktail-sized tomato" – bigger than a cherry, but much smaller than a slicer. Not a good term or use of tomatoes, in my opinion, as it would displace too much of the actual cocktail when placed in the glass.
It has terrific fruit set with trusses of five to eight tomatoes each.
Please ignore the weed in the photo.
The young fruit is very, very dark purple with a green underbelly (not sure what the technical term is – I know tomato descriptions often include shoulders, so why not an underbelly?). Red and purple when ripe. I’m just now getting some ripe enough to eat – the flavor is fine, but nothing really different than your basic cherry tomato. Maybe they need another week or so on the vine. Interestingly, the hens have shown zero interest thus far. This is a good thing.
Kind of looks like a bad bruise.
Anyone else out there try these this season?