A fairly new breed of tomato considered to be the darkest tomato ever.
Blue and black tomatoes generally are darker than standard tomatoes due to their high concentrations of the natural plant compounds known as Anthocyanins which are also found in blueberries in high concentrations.
Anthocyanins are an extremely powerful anti- oxidant that does not detract from the exceptional flavor of this cultivar.
Green when unripe, purple-red when ripe, in its earlier stages, Indigo Rose takes on a dark purple pigment when exposed to direct sunlight. The tomatoes themselves are the size of a martini olive and have a sweet taste with fruity overtones partially derived from the elevated levels of Anthocyanins.
Potting soil should be kept moist and warm, from 70-85F. Soil temperatures below 65F or above 95F will inhibit germination.
They are fully mature when the skin turns from its shiny blue-purple luster to a more subdued purplish brown, the bottoms of the fruits turn red similar to standard tomatoes. Indigo Rose is open-pollinated, it produces above average yields for a compact plant. Even though it is compact at 3 - 5 feet tall staking or caging is still advisable.
Start seeds indoors 5 to 6 weeks before planting outdoors.
The purple pigmentation in foods lends nutrional value to our diets not available in most other produce. The coloration is from a flavanoid - which is an antioxidant known as anthocyanin. It is effective in reducing cholesterol in addition to its antioxidant properties. Anthocyanin is what makes many "super foods" super.
pH 6.0 to 6.8
Above Average Yields
USDA Zones 3 to 11
Germination 7 - 14 days.
Matures 70 to 80 days
Plant Height - 3 to 5 Ft
Fruit Weight 1.5 to 2 oz.
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