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Tomato Spotlight-Cherokee Purple

My most favorite"est" tomato ever! A proven producer at Marymoor. You won't be disappointed in the flavor! May I present Cherokee Purple for your consideration this growing season.

“An old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful, deep, dusky purple-pink color, superb sweet flavor, and very-large-sized fruit. Try this one for real old-time tomato flavor. Our favorite dark tomato and one of our best selling varieties.” –Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Its dusky red color and sweet but savory flavor is a favorite among tomato growers. Some even call the fruit, "smoky."

This super beefsteak easily produces fruits that are up to a pound. Give it lots of support as the fruit-laden vines may break under the weight.

The fruits are often the largest of all beefsteaks. As the fruit develops, look out for catfacing (scarring or dimpling, usually at the bottom end of the tomato) and cracking. Water evenly and regularly to avoid cracking.

The fruits range in colors from olive, maroon, brick red, to brown. They have been described as a "badly bruised leg." They may look bruised, but they are delicious!

Text and photos by Gia Parsons

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