Cherokee Chocolate

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Cherokee Chocolate
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color black, brown
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Cherokee Chocolate (BC KO T) - ripe fruit. 2013-09-05.

B.C KO T

Indet., regular leaf plants produce 8-12 oz brown/black beefsteaks with excellent flavor. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

1. Reimer Seeds
2. Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 08 / Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C)
3. Bill Yoder, Canton, Georgia 09 / Sand Hill Preservation Center 08
4. Clayton Weaver, Washington 09 / Dave Hickey / Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds or Victory Seed Company  ?
5. Tomato Growers Supply 13
6. Peter Gallant, Prince Edward Island, Canada 05

Year grown: 2008(1), 2009(2), 2013(2, 3, 4), 2014(1 - wrong)

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


MI FL J

Large sprawling vines need caging or staking, productive, large 10-16 oz fruit that turn from orange to rich brownish red, good flavor like that of Cherokee Purple. Aside from the interesting difference in color, they are like Cherokee Purple to me – and that’s a good thing!

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C)

Year grown: 1997, 2002, 2006

Location: Augusta, Michigan


NC LE C

Vigorous regular leaf indeterminate vines, high yields of oblate fruit that average 10 ounces but can run as large as 1.5 pounds, meaty deep red interiors with evenly distributed small seed locules, seeds have green gel when ripe, exterior color deep brick orange red at the blossom end shading to quite a dark brownish hue at the shoulder - essentially a yellow skinned variant of Cherokee Purple. I've noted that when compared to Cherokee Purple it appears to be a bit more prone to Fusarium wilt and Bacterial wilt, but this has not been investigated in controlled growouts.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds

Year grown: 1995 through 2007

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina


GERM SC K

brown fruit, beefsteak type, more than 200 gr, regular leaf, indet., very good flavor.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / M. Hahm-Hartmann

Year grown: 2006

Location: Germany


TN MA T

Regular leaf, indet, large plant, great production, excellent flavor. Stripes showing on thin Maroon skin. Mid season 80 days.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds Ted Corbett, Germany

Year grown: 2009

Location: Buford, Georgia


CA CA N

The indeterminate, regular leaved plants took eighty-one days to give the first ripened fruit. The fruits rarely went over twelve ounces and most were in the eight to ten area. The fruits have rich brown shoulders with stripes that cover the rest of the brick red fruit. I didn't find that it tasted as good as Cherokee Purple, it tasted more acidic and had a thinner skin.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Local tomato seedling from Bountiful Garden

Year grown: 2010

Location: San Jose, California, Zone 9b


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