Cherokee Purple

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Cherokee Purple
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color black
Fruit shape beefsteak
Fruit size large
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated, heirloom
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Cherokee Purple (MI FL J) - ripe fruit. 2009-07-30.

B.C KO T

Indet., regular leaf plant with dark purple beefsteak fruit, 6-16 oz. Outstanding producer. Excellent taste, no core. Fruits have clear skin and some green shoulders that do not affect texture or taste. One of our favorite black tomatoes!

Seed source:

1. Reimer Seeds
2. Dan and Val McMurray of Wynndel, British Columbia, Canada (B.C MC D) 05
3. James Yerxa, Canada 05
4. Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 08
5. NESeed 12
6. Plant from a local Home Depot nursery 04

Year grown: 2003, 2004, 2005(1), 2008(all sources), 2009(4), 2010(3), 2011*(5), 2014(2)

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


MI FL J

80 days, medium sized plant produces medium to large (8-16 oz) smooth fruit, dark pink with purplish shoulders, incredibly delicious sweet flavor, one of my favorites. Fruit matures earlier than most large indeterminate heirloom varieties, and production is limited to about one month's duration - it does not keep producing into the fall season. Cherokee Purple is the parent of different variants such as Cherokee Green and Cherokee Chocolate.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / PA LE C 91 (Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina) / J.D. Green, Tennessee

Year grown: 1991, 1992, 1996, and annually since 1999

Location: Augusta, Michigan


IL LO N

85 days, indet., regular foliage, 6-12 oz fruit, pink-purple wih green shoulders, fair taste, good yield.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Tomato Growers Supply 94

Year grown:

Location: Oblong, Illinois


KY ST M

Variable sizes up to one pound, deep red with a purple cast, 85 days, flattened beefsteaks.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds

Year grown:

Location: Sonora, Kentucky


MAN ST T

The fruit of Cherokee Purple is a dark purplish pink color and often has green shoulders. The large fruit average 12 oz and are delicious. The plants are very productive and reliable. One of the best! Indeterminate, regular leaf foliage. (75-80 days from transplant).

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Heritage Harvest Seed

Year grown:

Location: Carman, Manitoba, Canada


GERM SC K

Pink-purple oblate fruit with green shoulders, indet., one of my earliest beefsteak tomatoes.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / M. Hahm-Hartmann

Year grown: 2005

Location: Germany


MI MA D

89 days to maturity. Medium to large rose/purple colored. Average height: 2 1/2". Width: 3 1/2". Weight: 8.3 oz - 1 lb. 4 oz. This is a great tasting tomato with a balanced flavor...not too sweet and without the tangy aftertaste. This is our favorite tasting tomato. In our 3b/4a zone we will often have to ripen some of the Cherokee Purple tomatoes off the vine.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Plant purchased from Ace Hardware

Year grown: 2011

Location: Iron River, Michigan


TX GU R

80 days, indet., regular leaf, purplish pink dusky fruit to 1 lb, outstanding flavor, a favorite.

Seed source:

Reimer Seeds / Glenn Drowns of Calamus, Iowa (IA DR G)

Year grown:

Location: Pasadena, Texas


{ History

  • Cherokee Purple was sent to Craig LeHoullier by John D. Green of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1990 as an unnamed variety. The original letter sent with the seeds that describes all that is known of its history is referenced here [1]. Mr. Green got the variety from a woman who, in turn, received them from her neighbor. The neighbor claimed that they have been in their family for 100 years, originally receiving them from the Cherokee Indians. Craig named the variety and listed it in the SSE yearbook the year after he first grew them (1990). He also sent seeds to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, then, a few years later, Johnny's Selected Seeds.
  • 60 commercial sources noted for 2004 in Garden Seed Inventory 6th edition.
  • One of the varieties described in Carolyn J. Male's book "100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden".



See also



Accidental crosses with Cherokee Purple as a parent


Intentional crosses with Cherokee Purple as a parent



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Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Tomatoes
Heritage Harvest Seed
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Sand Hill Preservation Center
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Heirloom Seeds
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Facts about Cherokee PurpleRDF feed
CountryUSA +
DescriptionIndet., regular leaf plant with dark purple beefsteak fruit, 6-16 oz. Outstanding producer. Excellent taste, no core. Fruits have clear skin and some green shoulders that do not affect texture or taste. One of our favorite black tomatoes!
Fruit colorblack +
Fruit shapebeefsteak +
Fruit sizelarge +
Fruit typeslicer +
Growth habitindet. +
History* Cherokee Purple was sent to Craig LeHoul * Cherokee Purple was sent to Craig LeHoullier by John D. Green of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1990 as an unnamed variety. The original letter sent with the seeds that describes all that is known of its history is referenced here [1]. Mr. Green got the variety from a woman who, in turn, received them from her neighbor. The neighbor claimed that they have been in their family for 100 years, originally receiving them from the Cherokee Indians. Craig named the variety and listed it in the SSE yearbook the year after he first grew them (1990). He also sent seeds to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, then, a few years later, Johnny's Selected Seeds.
Leafregular +
Maturitymidseason +
Member codeB.C KO T +, MI FL J +, IL LO N +, KY ST M +, MAN ST T +, GERM SC K +, MI MA D + and TX GU R +
See alsoCherokee Chocolate +, Cherokee Green +, Cherokee Purple, Potato Leaf +, Cherokee Purple, Pink + and Cherokee Purple Heart +
Seed source1. 1. [http://www.reimerseeds.com/cherokee-purple-tomato.aspx?ref=tatiana Reimer Seeds
2. Dan and Val McMurray of Wynndel, British Columbia, Canada (B.C MC D) 05
3. James Yerxa, Canada 05
4. Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 08
5. NESeed 12
6. Plant from a local Home Depot nursery 04 . Plant from a local Home Depot nursery 04
Variety typeopen-pollinated + and heirloom +
VendorTomato Growers Supply +, Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds +, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds +, Gleckler Seedmen +, Johnny's Selected Seeds +, Pinetree Seeds +, TomatoFest +, Good Mind Seeds +, Sand Hill Preservation Center +, Skyfire Garden Seeds +, Totally Tomatoes +, Heritage Harvest Seed +, Reimer Seeds +, Casey's Heirloom Tomatoes of Airdrie +, Heirloom Seeds +, Heirloom Tomatoes +, Heritage Tomato Seed +, J&L Gardens Seed +, Solana Seeds +, The Sample Seed Shop +, Trade Winds Fruit +, Delectation of Tomatoes +, Double Helix Farms +, Fedco Seeds +, Gourmet Seed International +, Hazzard's Wholesale Seeds +, J.W. Jung Seed Company +, Knapp's Fresh Vegies +, Seeds of Change +, Snow Seed +, Swallowtail Garden Seeds +, Territorial Seed Company +, Twining Vine Garden +, Two Wings Farm +, Blue Ribbon Tomatoes + and Burpee +
Year grown2003 +, 2004 +, 2005(1) +, 2008(all sources) +, 2009(4) +, 2010(3) +, 2011*(5) + and 2014(2) +
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