Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato
- 40 seeds
- Open Pollinated
- Distance between plants – 24-36”
- Distance between rows – 36”
- Full Sun
- Water every 2-3 days
- Days to maturity – 80-90 days
- Days to germination – 6-10 days
- Height – 3-5′
- Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Sow : Indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost 1/8’’ deep, transplant 2 weeks after last frost
Harvest: When fruit is ripe
Heirloom. Cherokee Purple tomatoes are thought to have been passed down from Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe. This heirloom tomato variety consistently ranks very high in taste tests. Slice Cherokee Purple tomato for rich, dark color and unmatched sweet, rich taste on sandwiches or in salads. The tomato is a beautiful dusky pink with a deep, rich-red interior.
These tomatoes carry a green shoulder across the top and they have a tendency for the seeds to be surrounded by a green gel. The variety was shared by the Cherokee Indians with a gardener over 100 years ago in Tennessee and came onto the market in 1991.