Cherokee Purple (80 days)
Sustainably Grown Approx. 25 heirloom seeds
Indeterminate. Regular leaf foliage.
Cherokee Purple was gifted to heirloom tomato enthusiast Craig LeHoullier by J. D. Green of Tennessee. Mr. Green stated that he received them from a neighbor who said the tomato variety was 100 years old and was according to the neighbor grown by the Cherokee Indians. Listed in the Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) Yearbook 1991 edition.
Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. TX, FL
Cherokee Purple even has a Wikipedia page!
"Cherokee Purple tomatoes are beefsteak in style, with green "shoulders" across the top. They are also notable for having a dense, juicy texture, with small seed locules irregularly scattered throughout the flesh. The comparatively dark interior color is enhanced by the tendency of the seeds to be surrounded by a green gel."
Mother Earth News says about Cherokee Purple Tomatoes...
"So-called black tomatoes are really purplish, and their complex, smoky flavor often is associated with these dark fruit pigments. Although it’s a modest producer under the best conditions, ‘Cherokee Purple’ (80 days) is quickly forgiven by thousands of gardeners who are addicted to its fruity, yet rich, tomato flavor."
Listed on Slow Foods Ark of Taste
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Planted seeds 6 weeks ago, all havefired and are now nice sized plants ready to go outside soon.
order arrived quickly. seeds sprouted quickly with about 90% success rate. currently growing fine
Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds