Tomato Taste Test: Reviewing ‘Indigo Rose’ Tomato Flavor


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

12/22/2019 8:32:43 AM

I have grown this tomato in the Netherlands in pots, had a little BER but it cleared up. The plants were extremely prolific, my partner's favourite tasting tomato so far. Much better than Japanese black trifle, white tomesol and even enjoyed it more than the sungold. It was clean tasting with notes of plum, extremely smooth not a hint of mealiness. I will grow it again next year, hopefully it will be just as nice.

2/16/2018 11:20:50 AM

Southern AZ is a challenging place to grow tomatoes. I spotted an Indigo Rose at a nursery and bought one. It grew well, stayed disease free, set a ton of fruit, and powered through an exceptionally hot summer (over 100 for weeks at a time) like I've never seen a tomato do before, setting fruit the whole time, although somewhat less during the hottest part. The tomatoes took nearly two months to mature, but there wasn't any fruit drop or cracking at all. In the end, although they were absolutely gorgeous and had a great texture, the flavor wasn't there, period. Tasted like a ho-hum grocery store tomato. I would consider growing it again, though, if only for the beautiful little tomatoes in a mixed salad.

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.

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