Cherokee purple

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Cherokee Purple
Cherokee purple is a dusky red with green shoulders when ripe
Cherokee purple is a dusky red with green shoulders when ripe
Maturity 80 days
Type Heirloom
Vine Indeterminate
Plant height 9 feet
Fruit Weight 16 oz
Leaf regular leaf
Color Dusky red, green shoulders
Shape Beefsteak
Home-grown Cherokee purple tomatoes
A Cherokee Purple tomato in the first stages of development.

Cherokee purple is the name of a cultivar of tomato, unusual for the deep purple/red hue of its fruit. It was one of the first of the "black" color group of tomatoes. It is also unusual in being extremely popular for the sake of its flavor, instead of only its unusual color. 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 green gel.

This cultivar originated with Craig LeHoullier, who claimed it was a century-old cultivar originating with the Cherokee people.

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