Cherokee Purple Heart

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Cherokee Purple Heart
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color purple
Fruit shape heart
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated
Country USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Cherokee Purple Heart - ripe fruit. 2016-08-29.


Indet., regular leaf plants with wispy foliage. Purple/black heart-shaped fruits, 6-15 oz. Outstanding rich and sweet flavor. (12 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Valery Popenko, Semei, Kazakhstan 15 / Heritage Tomato Seed 15

Year grown: 2016

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


  • This was discovered in 2009 as a variant fruit from a Cherokee Purple by Rock Angier of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was introduced commercially in 2013 by Victory Seed Company .


A heart-shaped morph of Cherokee Purple that has the same texture and flavor, which becomes more intense when fully ripe. Its productivity is similar to that of Cherokee Purple and it is a few days earlier. It has a many-branched growth habit. Fruit averages 10 oz and has a flattened cross-section.

Seed source:

A single, heart-shaped fruit discovered in late 2009. It is a morph, probably of one branch, as no other heart-shaped varieties were being grown. It has since grown true from saved seed.

Year grown: 2010(1), 2011(2), 2012(4), 2013(2), 2014(3), 2015(4)

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

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