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 5 out of 5 by from Beating my hybrid In ground 45 days and has fruit larger than the hybrid I purchased at the same time of the same size. Didn't expect this. Haven't mulched yet because of weather and used Diatomaceous earth instead of pesticides.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavor Galore Great for slicing. Superior texture with great taste!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our absolute FAVORITE tomato! I can't remember where I read about this, guessing P. Allen Smith, but we have grown Cherokee Purple for the last two years. They are delicious! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great tomato. Excellent rich flavor. Produces well for us in Southern California. Not a huge yield but makes up for it with very large fruit.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grow Purple Cherokees!: It's the only heirloom tomato I grow these days. Have been a gardener for 46 years!
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Absolutely best tomato I have had.: This is the best tasting tomato I have eaten in a long time. It helps to grow you own so they can get ripe before picking. I have already sent an email to over 100 friends telling about this tomato.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from outstanding tomato: Cherokee Purple is one tomato plant that will always be in my garden every year, one of the best tasting tomatoes
Date published: 2016-03-12
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
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