Cherokee Purple

The tomato that really started the heirloom tomato celebration along with Brandywine. Truly everyone should grow this one at least once. It is almost always included in most “favorite tomato” lists. 

Awesome sweet flavor on pinky purple, smooth beefsteak fruits with greenish shoulders and brick red interiors. Good size of 8-16 oz and can be very productive. They should be eaten soon after picking as are thin skinned so don’t store well, but with their great flavor it shouldn’t be an issue!


From Tatiana’s TOMATObase

Cherokee Purple was sent to Craig LeHoullier by John D. Green of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1990 as an unnamed variety. . Mr. Green got the variety from a woman who, in turn, received them from her neighbor. The neighbor claimed that they have been in their family for 100 years, originally receiving them from the Cherokee Indians.

Craig named the variety and listed it in the SSE yearbook the year after he first grew them (1990). He also sent seeds to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, then, a few years later, Johnny's Selected Seeds. One of the varieties described in Carolyn J. Male's book "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden

Color: Dark
Shape: Beefsteak
Maturity: 80 Days
Plant Type: Indeterminate
Leaf Type: Regular
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