Black Cherry Tomatoes From The Poisoner’s (Victory) Garden
The star of my kitchen garden are the very disappointingly named Indigo Rose cherry tomatoes that look like fairy tale-worthy poisonous berries.
This tomato variety was developed by researchers at Oregon State University by crossing several varieties of dark purple tomatoes. The dark skin of these tomatoes are extra high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which are known to help boost the immune system. You’d think the people who invented the Maraschino Cherry could think of a better name than Indigo Rose, but no. I mean really. At least call it something more badass like In The Name Of The Indigo Rose. Or something.
Israeli scientists have created the Black Galaxy, the cyborg version of a black tomato, (the Indigo Rose is not GMO) by introducing the genes from blueberries that give them their dark skin into tomatoes. I guess the Israelis couldn’t call it “The Death Star” because of copyright issues?
I cannot wait for my Indigo Rose tomatoes to ripen so I can make a black summer salad and call it Rapuccini’s Salsa.
What would you name a black tomato? Please share your brilliant ideas in the comments section.