We’ve had some great feedback from customers growing our brand new Indigo Rose tomato but also some questions as to how to tell when the fruits are ripe. This blog should help if you too are slightly baffled.
The black tomatoes are certainly striking and look great on the plate but one of their key benefits is their high antioxidant content. This does however mean that they are slower to ripen then other varieties as the antioxidants slow down the ripening which involves some oxidisation in the process. It may take up to 93 days from planting for the fruit to fully ripen.
So, how do you know when your black tomatoes have ripened and are ready to pick and enjoy?
The young tomatoes start out green but sunlight turns them black. At this stage they will be as hard as bullets. As they ripen the fruits will soften and start turning red, from the bottom up. At this stage they are ready for picking however the longer you leave them then the sweeter they will taste. When they are fully ripe the skin beneath the calyx will be red but they can certainly be eaten before this final stage.
The image below illustrates the ripening process:
Tanya of Lovely Greens has clearly enjoyed her Indigo Rose tomatoes saying “These slightly larger than cherry-sized tomatoes are sweet, juicy, attractive, and hold up well in both uncooked and cooked dishes. And if that wasn’t enough, their deep black skins and vibrant red interiors look gorgeous in tossed salads and pasta.”
I hope that this blog is helpful and that, like Tanya, you enjoy the eating that follows the growing.