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Cherokee Purple Growing Notes

April 11th, 2011 Earl 33 comments

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This site documents the growth of the Cherokee Purple tomato plant and the quality of its fruit.  The Cherokee Purple tomato is considered by many to be the best tasting tomato.

What is a Cherokee Purple tomato?

Unique dusty rose color. Flavor rivals Brandywine, extremely
sweet. Productive plants produce large crops of 12 oz. fruits.
Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant.

(Description from Seed Savers Exchange.)

It is now 2011 and I am again growing Cherokee Purple tomato plants.

Transplanting a baby Cherokee Purple started from seed. (2011)

The season is early, so I am also keeping up information, pictures, and videos from a previous season of growing the Cherokee Purple.

The video below shows some tomatoes being picked fresh off the vine.

I brought the tomatoes to the kitchen and decided to slice up one Cherokee Purple and one Trophy and compare them, both in the way they look and taste.

My wife declined to be in the video but I let her do a taste test, too. She liked both tomatoes but said the Cherokee Purple is her favorite tomato. She noted that the Cherokee Purple was “almost like candy” in its sweetness and the Trophy was more acidic.

It was lunch time, so I warmed up some grilled chicken leftovers and made a grilled chicken salad using the fresh tomatoes. Wow… that’s one of the rewards of being a gardener. The video below shows the preparation of a grilled chicken salad with fresh tomatoes from the garden.

Tomato plants growing in June in Arkansas.

Went to the garden with the kids and recorded a little bit of video of a Cherokee Purple tomato plant loaded with green fruit.  (From June-8-2009)

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Cherokee Purple tomato plants growing as of May-15-2009 in Arkansas, USA.

In 2009, my Cherokee Purple tomato plants came from Seed Savers Exchange.  The baby plants arrived, safely packed into cardboard boxes.  As soon as I received the packages of live cargo, I transplanted them to my garden beds.  This year, 2011, I am growing plants from seed.


More pictures, videos, growing notes, and comments from other tomato growers:

Photos of delicious-looking Cherokee Purples


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