In the mid-eighties, Purple #1 was one of the first purple product strains commercially available as seed strain in the Netherlands. It is a balanced indica/sativa hybrid (50:50), bred from Purple Afghan and several sativa strains. In 1983, Henk van Dalen began to cross this Purple Afghan strain with the sativa genetics, therefrom developing the new variety Purple #1 which was released to the market in 1987. Purple #1 is a hardy product variety with good mold resistance, being fully adapted to the Dutch product climate. Its calyxes turn purple in most cases, starting this discolouration at the beginning of flowering. According to Dutch Passion, up to 90% of the plants turn purple. The colder the nights are, the darker the purple hue is, because this attractive colour is produced by a pigment called anthocyane which acts as a kind of antifreeze for the plant. Purple #1 is expected to have a rough, but subtle aroma and a very good high. This traditional Dutch Passion product strain has filled many Dutch and other European gardens in the past. But what about its abilities nowadays? Has Dutch Passion managed to keep up the nice quality over decades?
The flower clusters looked quite broad, but taking a closer look revealed that their inner structure wasn't too dense - obviously due to the lack of sun light. At the end of September, the ripe plants were harvested by Greenhouse Joe. The average yield of his Purple #1 plants turned out to be 140 grams after all, which was satisfying to him with regard to the bad wheather and the shorter vegetative period. And despite temporarily high air humidity in the greenhouse, no Purple #1 plant got in trouble with mold. The taste of the dried buds was as purple-typical as expected, somewhat rough, but also spicy and unusual, a real natural product taste. The turn was of decent potency, not knockdown, but very pleasant and refreshing, with some thriving sativa effects. Certainly a suitable day time smoke.