Unusual, stunning purple cocktail tomato that tastes like a plum
Unusual and gorgeous dark Indigo Rose tomato bred by Brad Gates tasting reportedly like a plum. The indigo Rose tomato has a violet color that turns purple as it ripens. Derived from wild tomatoes from Peru and Chile, this variety was the fruit of research into varieties that could withstand cool and humid climates. It is therefore not pink, but purplish purple, almost black, then purplish brown when ripe.
The Indigo Rose tomato is very rich in anthocyanins which are natural pigments, which are found for example in aubergines. But its flesh remains red inside. The fruits are small, weigh 30 to 50 g and resemble large cocktail tomatoes grouped in large clusters. The Indigo Rose tomato is vigorous and resists cold well.
This tomato should be harvested ripe to get the full flavor. It is only during the last days of ripening that the sun exposition get the tomato to turn brown and the taste to reveal itself.
The Indigo Rose tomato has the same nutritional qualities as other tomato varieties. It contains a powerful antioxidant. It is rich in trace elements (potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium) and vitamin C.
The Indigo Rose tomato can be eaten raw, as a snack, in salads, stuffed as a starter with fresh feta cheese for instance.
Scientific Name: Solanum lycopersicum
Plant Life Cycle: annual
Optimal Germination Temperature: 24C-28C
Germination time in days: 7-14 days
Indicative Days to maturity: 80-120 days
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil requirement: Well drained and rich
Sowing and cultivation: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/4" deep at a 21C soil temperature. Transplant out after last frost. Space 60-90cm apart with 90cm between rows. Indeterminate.