Cherokee Tiger Black

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Cherokee Tiger Black
Maturity midseason
Growth habit det., dwarf
Leaf type regular, rugose
Fruit color black, purple, striped
Fruit shape round
Fruit size small
Fruit type canner
Variety type unstable segregation line
Country USA


The seeds that I received are obviously not stable, as all three plants that I grew were very different, as far as the foliage and growth habit is concerned. However, fruits were very similar on all plants, smallish round purple black with silver pink stripes, 1-2 oz. Flavor is rich, very good to excellent, but the flesh is very firm, at least at the beginning of the season. I think it is best suited for canning, as fruits hold their shape very well. Good keeper. Det, dwarf plants, some plants with chartreuse colored foliage. Matured a bit later than its parent, Bonte Tigret.

Seed source:

Dean Slater, Michigan 13

Year grown: 2013

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


  • The original cross was made by Bill Jeffers by crossing Cherokee Purple with a tiger striped dwarf tomato variety Bonte Tigret?. Selection work was carried on by Dean Slater of Michigan.
  • According to Dean Slater, the seeds offered by Marianna's Heirloom Seeds in 2013 are stable.


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