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Indigo Rose Tomato

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It's been a great year for tomatoes. There has been a lot of sun and these heirloom tomatoes have done fantastic.

This is a favorite of mine, it's called Mortgage Lifter. It's a pink variety. It's a great one to slice and put on sandwiches. They are tasty and sweet.

This is an Italian one called Costoluto Florentino! It is a cute one with all of the ribbing around the fruit. It's a great sauce tomato because it's really thick and meaty.

And then for the French, the heirloom Jaune Flamme! It's a nice one. It looks like an apricot. It's a great one to dry and it's a sweet-tasting orange variety. It's nice to cut up all the different colors and mix them up, too. They look nice together.

But not all colorful tomatoes are heirlooms. There are some modern ones that are more colorful. These purple fruits are a new variety called Indigo Rose. It's an open pollinated variety from Oregon State University. What's great about this variety is it has purple skin. And as long as the fruit gets exposed to sunshine, the purple skin will develop and it's high in anti-oxidants and it's a great flavor. If it doesn't get sun on the fruit it turns orange/red like your regular red tomato. But the fruits look like plums hanging on the vine and when you cut them open, it has that orange flesh inside.

By Charlie Nardozzi

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