Tomato Taste Test: Reviewing ‘Indigo Rose’ Tomato Flavor

| 2/9/2016 1:50:00 PM

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Tomato Taste

We heard through the tomato vine that ‘Indigo Rose’ tomato flavor was lacking. This newly developed variety is known for its dramatic purple hue and its antioxidant content, especially anthocyanins. Concerned that seed companies may be hyping the flavor, describing the variety as “delectable” and “sparkling,” we asked members of our Facebook community to report their experiences with growing this purple tomato variety. The reviews from this informal tomato taste test were mixed; here’s a sampling.—MOTHER

I grew ‘Indigo Rose’ this year. The fruits are stunning on the plant and vine, but lack the great flavor I was really expecting and looking forward to. — Pilar V. Hari, Washington

I grew them last year. You have to let them really ripen on the vine, until they’re soft to the touch, to get the best taste. Underripe equals less flavor. They get orange on the bottom instead of green, and the purple tops get almost blackish-brown. They worked best in a mixed tomato salad, as the flavor didn’t stand on its own. — Donald J. Shurtleff, Rhode Island

I grew this tomato for two years. I love the taste, which I describe as flowery. It doesn’t taste like most tomatoes; it has its own unique flavor. I liked to eat it right off the vine. I’m not growing it this year because it wasn’t as productive for me as other tomato varieties. If I had more garden space, I would grow several plants. — Frida Morpha, Oregon

I’ve trialed and grown ‘Indigo Rose’ tomatoes in my home garden. The plant is a fantastic producer in the heat — a big benefit to us Texas gardeners. It continues to set fruit through July and August, which is unheard of here. The fruits are beautiful, and the plants are compact, so they make great edible ornamentals for your foodscape garden. You have to let the fruits ripen on the vine for a long time — but luckily, the fruits hold on long enough to get really ripe without dropping. Is ‘Indigo Rose’ the sweetest tomato? No, it isn’t. But is the flavor good? Yes, and the variety offers a good balance of benefits. — Leslie Halleck, Texas

3/14/2016 10:52:43 AM

I grew some in containers. The more space the bigger the plant. They produced a lot, but took a long time to mature. Split terribly from rain in August. The flavor didn't stand on it's own. Different taste. I liked it salted, but it seemed kind of acidic. I ended up mostly mixing into fresh sauces. Not growing them this year. I would if I had more space. Maybe I'll try tacking it to a wall next time.

2/10/2016 11:32:37 AM

the arthrocinins (sp) in two tomatoes,this one, and the "heirloom' tangerine tomato unlike any others are bio-available eaten raw. in other tomatoes they don't get bio-available till the fruit is cooked. that's one point, and as far as flavor? I'm quite pleased with it in raw form, I put 7 or 8 grafted plants in each year and also start them from seed, and I'm here in hot steamy Maryland by the bay and they are dependable and highly productive. I get my grafts from

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