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
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
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, that develops a fruit with a dark mahogany-red color while maintaining a somewhat greenish hue near the stem when mature for eating. It was one of the first of the darker color group of tomatoes sometimes described as "blacks", marketed by US seed companies to home gardeners. Cherokee Purple tomatoes are beefsteak in style. 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.

The Cherokee purple tomato is most commonly available in the summer and fall. This tomato is best enjoyed fresh and is often used in BLT sandwiches and salads. It can also be used when making pizza and pasta.[1]

Craig LeHoullier named the cultivar, claiming it was a century-old heirloom originating with the Cherokee people.

See also[edit]

NPR story on the origins of the Cherokee Purple