Aside from a slightly off-topic discussion about the feeding habits of bears, I’d say that our tasting of the gorgeous Indigo Rose tomatoes went reasonably well. I’m pretty well-versed in my heirloom tomato varieties having sampled all kinds of treats from the iconic Brandywines to the yellow Pineapples. But Indigo Rose tomatoes are one of my favorites. They’re sweet and fruity, with a wonderfully juicy texture; they’re my go-to summer tomato for salads, fresh tomato sauces, and bruschetta. And my sidekick Lauren, the other tomato lover in the house, couldn’t agree more.
ME: Guys! We have a new one. What am I holding?
LAUREN: A tomato.
ME: A tomato, that’s right. Does anyone remember the name of this tomato from the Farmer’s Market?
LAUREN: I didn’t even read the sign.
ME: This is called an Indigo Rose tomato. Why do you think it’s called that?
LAUREN: Uh because of the color of indigo in it?
ME: Yeah, it’s go that really, really deep bluish purple coloring on it. Isn’t that cool? Do most tomatoes have this color?
ME: So when we see this color we know that we’re dealing with a very special tomato. I’m going to have you guys smell this because it–
EMMA: I don’t like tomatoes.
ME: It doesn’t matter if you don’t like tomatoes. I still want you to smell it.
SAM: It smells like a normal tomato.
ME: Don’t lick it. Ok. Are you going to smell it for me Emma? Let’s all do this together.