I’m updating this story very often. Mainly because, it is rare to discover a new wholesome food. There are lots of hybrids out there but this is a completely new tomato. Read more.
Rose Marie Nichols said, “You know Patsy, this tomato has the highest level of Anthocyanins anywhere.”
I just nodded, hoping I appeared to know what she was talking about. But I went flying to the internet to learn more about Anthocyanins. It’s the pigment that makes blueberries blue and the reason they are so good for you.
Scientists are asking if Anthocyanins are helping fight cancer or wrinkles. But we do know anthocyanins are one of the best reasons we should eat deep colored fruits and vegetables.
Jim Myers, dept of horticulture, OSU is the wizard behind the research. He develops improved vegetable varieties to support gardeners, growers and processors in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).
This tomato plant is still evolving. Buy the time the University has completed it’s research, it is likely Indigo Rose will end up other positive traits like stronger disease resistance.
I grow tomatoes that tell a story, like so many heirlooms do.
Since every other tomato I grow is an heirloom, this is indeed unusual in my experience. I like growing tomatoes that come with a story and a history. Like Granny Cantrell.
Seed from this tomato came from a WW II souldier who gave it to Lettie Cantrell on his return to the US.
Lettie said she saved the seed from the largest tomatoes every year. It was the only tomato she grew in the hills of eastern Kentucky. She grew this tomato every year from the 1940’s until she died in 2005.
I agree with Lettie. The Granny Cantrell tomato is a rich old fashioned beed steak type tomato.
If I could grow only one tomato, it just might be this one with big, red one – pound fruits.