I’m following up my last blog about ‘Cherokee Purple’ with another purple tomato recommendation: ‘Indian Stripe.’ This tomato variety will be in my garden for years to come.
‘Indian Stripe’ is beautiful and delicious! The shape of this medium-sized tomato is a bit flattened.
The colour is a bit lighter than ‘Cherokee Purple.’ What really stands out is the attractive dark-green shoulders. While it is a bit smaller and later to fruit than ‘Cherokee Purple’—it’s super productive!
In the Kitchen
With its absolutely delicious, complex, and rich flavour, I think ‘Indian Stripe’ is a great sandwich tomato. The texture is quite meaty, so in addition to slicing for sandwiches, it’s great in a salad or for making into sauce.
Grow Your Own
‘Indian Stripe’ is indeterminate, so I recommend training it. It is ready to pick mid-season.
I got the seeds last winter at a seed swap. They were one of the treasures I picked up at the swap table when I dropped off seeds I was swapping.
Emma Biggs is a 13-year-old gardener and garden communicator. Emma raised over 130 tomato varieties in her Toronto garden in 2018—gardening in containers, in straw bales on a driveway, in a neighbour’s yard, in wicking beds under a walnut tree, and on the garage roof. Her garden is the source of many of her stories—and the source of produce that she sells in her neighborhood. In 2015, at the age of nine, Emma co-authored of Grow Gardeners, Kid-Tested Gardening with Children with her father and started helping him at garden talks and workshops. For the past couple of years, Emma has been giving her own talks at libraries, seed exchanges, garden clubs, and garden shows. Emma is the co-host of The Garage Gardeners Radio Show. She hosts kids gardening videos on the From Dirt to Dishes gardening channel on YouTube. Her latest book, Gardening with Emma, helps kids find the fun in gardening (and helps adults remember how much fun gardening is!)