Tomato Indigo Rose

(Lycopersicon esculentum )

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking.

An attractive cultivar medium sized, scarlet red fruit that is full of flavour. Tolerant of cool night temperatures and ideal for cool climate gardens

Flavours/Food Partners

A rich flavored tomato that partners well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Use with any good salad vegetable, Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs to make an attractive and tasty salad.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Red Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and also Vitamin C. For a classic rich sauce cook and mix with garlic, marjoram, sweet basil, diced shallots, and fresh pizza thyme. Finely dice, mix finely chopped shallots, fresh pesto basil and extra virgin olive oil and place on lightly toasted Turkish bread then top with an anchovie for a special homemade bruschetta.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.1 to 1.4 m stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 1.2m
Width 50cm
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Description

(Lycopersicon esculentum ‘Indigo Rose’)

Heirloom Tomatoes – Generations of Flavour
Heirloom technically refers to open pollinated, free bred cultivars prior to 1945 however there are many varieties that have been selected or bred in a natural way since 1945. This is particularly so for tomatoes and these new forms are referred to as Modern Heirlooms. Blue colour in tomatoes comes from crossing between wild tomato seed and cultivated forms in the sixties. One of the first selections was Indigo Rose with a blue black top and deep red base.

Flavours/Food Partners

The acidic flavour of tomatoes partner well with Latin herbs like garlic, basil, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme when cooked or raw with coriander, dill and parsley although this form has a pleasant balance of sweet and acid. Use fresh with basil, coriander, dill and celery leaf or diced with feta cheese, thyme and olive oil.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Indigo Rose is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene. This is enhanced by moderate cooking however with the deepest of blue/black colour it is best used in salads or baked whole. Landscaping/Planting: Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.8 to 2.2m stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is dark blue on top and red on base.

Herb Attributes

Position FULL SUN, FROST SENSITIVE
Height 70CM
Width 1.8M