If you are on the receiving end of seed catalogs or have been to your local farmer’s market lately, you’ve probably seen or heard of the Indigo series of tomatoes.
These Indigos are a relatively new addition to the tomato family, and are becoming quite popular. For good reason too: they look pretty cool with their deep purple shoulders, and that dark purple comes from anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant found in many dark fruits. And the best part is they were developed using traditional breeding techniques (no test-tube tomatoes for me, thank you), utilizing wild species that contained the anthocyanin genes.
The first generations received mixed reviews: looked nice, but the flavor could be lacking, to put it mildly. Although in all fairness, the tasteless fruits may have just been picked too early. A recent addition to the mix is the Blue Berries tomato, which I decided to try this year after reading more favorable comments.