Should we grow Indigo Rose again? (taste testing)


re-introducing Indigo Rose tomatoes, in your crate this week!

indigo rose tomatoes Harvest # 18 2014

According to Johnny’s Selected Seeds:

“Darkest tomato bred so far, exceptionally high in anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are powerful anti-oxidants. In the early stages of fruit development, Indigo Rose develops a dark purple pigment in its skin where exposed to direct sunlight. Green when unripe, purple-red when ripe, the 1-2 oz., cocktail-sized tomatoes have good flavor with ‘plummy’ overtones. Developed by Jim Myers at Oregon State University using traditional plant breeding techniques. Moderately vigorous. Compact indeterminate. Organically grown.”

In early September I’d written, “I’m not 100% decided on growing this tomato again. It’s taste is good, look is exceptional, growing it has been somewhat difficult though. Not a sound producer for us this season. We will likely grow it at least once more (try, try again!), see if another year’s weather might be better??”

Now, in late October, I’d say, “you know, the taste was really good! Very fruity.” One of our CSA people had commented that he really liked it, thought it was not particularly tomato-like in taste though, but plummy.

The flavor is most definitely plum-like. Super juicy, really a refreshing flavor. Even the skins are a bit plum-like. They sort of stick to the tomato, almost peel off as you bite into it. Chewy skins.

But, back to Johnny’s write-up, “Moderately vigorous. Compact indeterminate.” For us, this season, these were very squat plants. Very compact. Definitely not vigorous throughout the growing season. They produced a bulk load of tomatoes very late, many almost at once (not spread out through the season). The growing of these tomatoes, and their growth habit, leaves me wondering:

should we grow them again?


so, I ask you, should we?

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