Cherokee Indians grew this tomato over 100 years ago. Seed was saved from the best of the crop and was passed down through the ages.
Cherokee Purple tomato is one of the most popular heirloom tomatoes available today. Its rich redish-blackish-purpleish color draws the eye and its size amazes you.
The fruits are around 10 to 12 ounces each, which means a single slice will cover your hamburger bun.
The flavor is sort of smokey and sweet… hard to describe in words.
A lot of gardeners avoid heirloom tomatoes because they think they are picky and finicky and just generally difficult to grow. Nothing could be further from the truth with Cherokee Purple. It is tolerant of most of the common tomato diseases. The leaves can be turning yellow and be covered with those hateful black spots… but Cherokee Purple just keeps on growing and producing those lovely fruits.
These are big, heavy vines. Be prepared to stake them well or grow them in a cage.
Days from transplanting to harvest: about 82
Space 2-1/2 ft apart in rows that are 2ft wide… or grow in a container
Full sun to light shade