Helsing Junction Blue
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: regular leaf, genetically curled
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases
“Helsing Junction Blue” won my taste test first place spot this year for best rich, sweet flavor in all dark anthocyanin cherries that I trialed. It is a creation of Tom Wagner, named after the Helsing Junction Farm in the Chahalis River Valley, near Rochester, Washington state. According to Mr. Wagner’s TaterMaterSeeds Proboards forum, the name is “Blue” and not “Blues.” This is shown in both his comments and his photos. Not sure where or when an “s” was added to the name, nor who did it…so I will stick with the original name spelling…with the exception that my first set of seed packet labels do have the “s” as I printed them before learning this information.
Mr. Wagner stated his intent for this variety: “The main idea of this topic is to show how the blue tomato bred into a thin walled cherry tomato…carries the blue down into the pericarp almost to the seed locule. Remove the seed and you can see the blue from inside the locule….larger tomatoes don’t have this feature.” http://tatermater.proboards.com/thread/417/helsing-junction-blue-tomato
Helsing Junction Blue has gorgeous foliage (yes, I have a thing for interesting foliage in tomato plants). It curls genetically. This does allow maximum sunlight to reach the developing fruits, and hence a very dark anthocyanin coloring may be found when growing this variety. Just remember when you are growing these plants that the foliage is supposed to curl a bit and do not overwater them, trying to get the curl to go away.
The fruits at full ripeness have strong sweetness and strong acid with the rich flavor I normally find in dark-fleshed varieties. The gel turns a deep crimson when completely ripe. The flesh is firm but not crunchy.
This is another tomato that has the look of retained chlorophyll in the fruit flesh, even to the center. Perhaps it is bleeding through of the anthocyanin to an extent that is maximized in appearance because of the small fruit size. Yet the flesh does not taste inky. It tastes of a chocolate tomato.
Helsing Junction Blue was midseason for me, although it was early compared with other anthocyanin cherries.
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