The new edibles are nutritious, delicious and gorgeous

WITH BACKYARD farming going strong, new varieties of fruits and vegetables are as eagerly awaited as the latest heuchera or hellebore. Especially if they're a nutrient-dense tomato, smaller-scale kale, bigger-than-life raspberry — or corn petite enough to grow in a container.

If you choose varieties well-suited to our climate, you'll be rewarded by fresh taste and the peace of mind that comes with growing your own.

'Indigo Rose' is more than a pretty cherry tomato. It's the darkest tomato ever, as deeply hued as an eggplant. Along with a flavor described as "plummy," it delivers a dose of healthful anthocyanins, the same antioxidants found in blueberries. Bred by horticulture professor Jim Myers of Oregon State University in Corvallis, 'Indigo Rose' starts out green, turns purple in the sun and ripens to burgundy. The compact plant is moderately vigorous and prolific.

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