Cherokee Purple Heirloom

CHEROKEE PURPLE

~Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato~

The flavor of this tomato is often compared to Brandywine. This tomato is described as a large dark purple tomato from Tennessee is rumored to have come from Cherokee gardeners, but I found it to only have a purple hue and seemed to stay a bit green on top. It did have a nice flavor, but neither the fruit nor the plant got nearly as big as the Brandywine. The flesh is brick-red and very attractive sliced on a plate. Plants make large vines that yield 13 ounce fruits.

Height:
4-6 ft.

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Growing Habit:
Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:
Beefsteak

Fruit Size:
Medium (13 ounces)

Days to Maturity:
Late (85 days)

Fruit Color:
Purple

Seed Type:
Open-pollinated

Usage:
Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing
Canning
Drying

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf