Osu Blue (P20)Tomato
OSU BLUE TOMATO?! Yes had to try this one. Looks weird. It is NOT an Heirloom. Mans intelligence in trying to make a food with a health benefit we need?!
This the newest tomato rage BLUE ! It is NOT GMO but traditional breeding techniques have been used.Oregon State University crossed (by gene splicing) a domestic tomato plant with the genetic stock of a tomato that included a gene incorporated from a wild relative with anthocyanin-containing fruit to produce a healthier tomato. Anthocyanins are the same class of compounds that produce the healthy pigments in red wine that work as antioxidants (and in blueberries). They only turn blue when the sun hits them directly…so in my opinion not a “balanced” food. From what I have read some say taste like licorice and others say not a great taste? I will stake them and see how they grow on their own in our soil. Seeds are now sold under the name Indigo Rose. I got my seed from an organic grower. Will see how the CSA folks like this one. The Wapsipinicon Peach was not well liked. We loved them. Juiced froze sweet yellow nectar. I do tend to pick them ripe (ready to eat)will try to pick greener for others.
For me it is so important to search and document and find out varieties history and correct name. When people give me a seed and say its an old “heirloom” sure I can try it but unless I know history etc. wouldn’t want to save seeds. The “new” varieties these days taste good too and have new names. Genetics is what I want to grow out and preserve. This is heritage passed on and preserved. Integrity of the grower, seed and soil.
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