Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato
Cherokee Purple often wins tomato taste tests. Try it and see if you agree.

Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 10 to 12 oz
  • Matures: 80 to 90 days
  • Plant spacing: 36 inches apart
  • Plant size: 4 to 6 feet
  • Plant type: Indeterminate

Heirloom. Cherokee Purple seeds, originating from Tennessee, are thought to have been passed down from Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe. This heirloom tomato variety consistently ranks very high in taste tests. Slice Cherokee Purple tomato for rich, dark color and unmatched sweet, rich taste on sandwiches or in salads. The tomato is a beautiful dusky pink with a deep, rich-red interior. Cherokee Purple grows well in most regions of the U.S. Let the fruit ripen on the vine for the best flavor. This one is a consistent taste test winner at tomato fests around the country. For an heirloom, it is a good producer. In our Alabama test garden, where conditions are ideal and the season is long, we harvest and average of 20 or more fruits from each plant. Vigorous vines benefit from strong staking or caging.

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Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FAST GROWING VINES: I got Cherokee PURPLE as an 8-inch seedling after my Cherokee CHOCOLATE seeds didn't germinate until several weeks later and are still only about an inch tall now. Whereas the Cherokee Purple plant is doing very well in my garden bed already loaded with fruit. I like that the vines are not greedy for space the way other heirlooms are. It is compact within its cage, has sturdy thick vines, and a lot of fruit already on it with tons more blossoms forming. I love dark tomatoes and can't wait to bite into our first ripened CP. I keep waiting for the large fruits to get color but they just keep growing bigger instead! I am impressed!
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I had never heard of these, but thought I'd give them a try. WOW! Very sturdy plant - but has to be, since the fruits grow in a bract of 5 or 6 med-to-large tomatoes. supporting the branches is key. The taste is out of this world...meaty and sweet. Growing three plants out of a 2 cu. ft. bag of potting soil, a la Jerry Baker. Doing great!
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I grow them every summer in Nebraska, and they never disappoint. I have a small family of 3, and one plant alone is more than enough, as it yields usually over 30 HUGE tomatoes. Taste is unbelievable too and very disease resistant, as I have had other plants die from wilt, these weren't even phased in the slightest. Cherokee Purple all the way!
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grew up in Wichita, Kansas and have tasted some of the most delicious garden veggies a person could want but now reside in Sacramento Ca. have been gardening even as a student in college and now have grown only Heirloom tomatoes for years the dark varieties will always be in my gardens. Cherokee Purple, Mr. Stripey, Krims and others have given me enormous crops ! best ever was when i lived
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the ultimate tomato. Flavor wise it is unmatched. Beautiful fruit, big, hearty and deliciously flavor packed. This is my favorite tomato, best I've ever eaten. We literally waited for each tomato to ripen so we could eat it with much anticipation. An easy grower, and so very tasty.
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Planted in NJ, 2014. Great tasting, planted it too close to a big boy variation, but it still grew 5ft tall until a storm knocked it on its side, but it continued to produce fruit until September. The first 1-2 months of picking, the tomatoes were huge. They slimmed down after the plant was knocked over. I am exceptionally pleased with the results.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have been gardening for decades. This season I tried the Cherokee Purple Tomato variety. It is my favorite of all time! I slice them about 15 minutes before I am going to use them in a sandwich. It seems to let more flavor come out. I wish I had planted more then one. I grew about 15 varieties of tomatoes. It was a tough year in parts of New England this season so next year may bring a better yield.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was a nice tomato and added variety to our container garden. Took awhile for the fruit to ripen, sometimes too long. Flavor was full and sweet with very hearty, thick flesh. They made great tomato sandwiches when we could harvest them. This was our first heirloom variety we ever planted. We didn't particularly care for the some of the irregularities in shape but that was our own fault by not researching them more. Overall a nice tomato, just wish it yielded a little more.
Date published: 2015-01-25
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