Large fruits are smooth with slightly ridged shoulders. Ripens to a unique dark, dusky purple color. The brick-red flesh color carries throughout, especially at the stem end. Flavor is rich and full-bodied; both sweet and smoky. Plants are very productive producing early large crops of 8-16 oz. fruit.

 

HISTORY: Seed was sent to Craig LeHoullier by John D. Green of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1990 as an unnamed variety. The original letter sent with the seed details that Mr. Green got the variety from a woman who, in turn, received them from her neighbor. The neighbor claimed that they have been in their family for 100 years, originally receiving them from the Cherokee Indians. Craig named the variety and listed it in the SSE yearbook the year after he first grew them (1990). It has since been learned through DNA testing that this variety is not over a hundred years old. But, it makes for a good story.

 

Sold in a 3.5" pot.

CHEROKEE PURPLE

$4.50Price
  • VARIETY CHARACTERISTICS

    GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
    MATURITY: Mid-season
    LEAF TYPE: Regular
    FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
    FRUIT SHAPE: Oblate
    FRUIT SIZE: Large
    FRUIT COLOR: Purple
    ORIGIN: Heirloom - USA

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