We have to talk about Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes. When I bought this little plant at Vintage and Vines in east Texas, I had no idea I was growing the tastiest tomato. Cherokee Purple is hands down the best tomato I’ve ever eaten. My mom said the same and she’s from California, the land of perfect produce. I grew my own this year and I was not prepared for how enchanted I would be by this perfect tomato.
Read about planting my summer garden (including Cherokee Purple) here.
The Cherokee tribe are thought to have been passed down the seeds through generations and wow, am I glad they did. It’s without a doubt the most flavorful tomato I’ve ever tasted. It’s no wonder that it frequently wins tomato contests across the nation! I mean, just look at it. You can tell how incredible it’s going to be just by looking at the sheer juiciness and the color. These tomatoes are sort of a dusty brick red on the outside with an ombre effect but the inside is a deep, rich color red that’s almost leaning towards black.
Honestly, I don’t think I could bear to cook with these. They’re too perfect and juicy fresh but of course, any dish you cook with them would be just that much tastier! I have mostly been eating mine in green salads, as caprese salad, and dressed with olive oil and balsamic.
The tomatoes are medium-sized, smaller than my Black Krim tomatoes, but definitely larger than a Roma tomato. Sadly birds got the first few the second they started to change color, so I picked all of my Cherokee Purple tomatoes green (but after they start to give a little when pressed) and ripened them on my kitchen windowsill.
The plant itself can get 4-6 feet tall. At just four feet tall, my Cherokee Purple plant is one of the shorter tomato vines in my garden. It’s an indeterminate tomato, meaning it will keep growing and producing fruit all season long until frost kills it in the winter. This is an absolute MUST GROW plant for any tomato lover. Trust me. It has such an incredible flavor, it’ll make filet mignon taste like a side dish by comparison.
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I have been growing cheerikee purple tomatoes for last three yrs. They are my favorite. Sweet, flavorful anyway you serve them.
Grew my first Cherokee purples this year nothing but these next year great taste love the colors