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Old 06-19-2015, 08:31 PM   #1
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Purple tomatoes?


I was out watering my garden and noticed that one tomato plant has small tomatoes on it - smaller than a ping pong ball. But they're not solid green, they're all mostly a deep purple with a little bit of green combined.

I looked at the tag and there isn't a specific name. It just says that they are a hybrid (Burpee brand) and they'll grow to the size of a plum. It doesn't say anything about them being a plum color though.

Does anyone know why they're such an odd color? The plant looks very healthy and the little tomatoes don't look rotten.

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there are purple tomatoes.

maybe this one:

http://www.burpee.com/vegetables/tom...nces&omn2pd=bz
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Thanks for the link nap. I sent Burpee and email, asking about it.

The tomatoes in the picture in that link are similar, but lighter in color than the ones I have. Maybe they'll get lighter as they ripen (?).
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I had a variety like you have last year. We loved them. Really delicious. There's a learning curve as to how to tell when they are ripe as they don't turn a solid color.
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Definitely possible. I've seen them but never grown any.

Have a look. https://www.google.com/search?q=purp...w=1680&bih=927
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Thanks for the link Colbyt. This picture from your link shows tomatoes that look just like mine...



According to the information next to this picture, it's an heirloom variety.

I got an email back from Burpee, asking for a picture. I'll send this picture to their rep and I'll post their reply here.

Thanks for your help everyone!

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I had some a few years ago and they were surprisingly sweet. Cut in half or quartered, they fit well in a salad with a Parmesan/vinegar dressing and sliced Bermuda onions.

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Thanks Dick. How did you know when they were ripe enough to pick?
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Most likely heirloom tomato aka "Heritage" tomato.



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gma2rjc, we have a local restaurant here in Springfield, IL. under the name "Maldaner's Restaurant". The owner/Head chef Michael Higgins used them as an Appetizer for one series of a menu he had a couple of years back.

He can let you know about when is the best time to pick and serve.



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Do let us know what they taste like. When the local farmer's market has local tomatoes I may have to buy one if I can find it.
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