Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)

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Seed Count:
Approx 25 seeds per pack
Days to Maturity:
72 - 90 days
Slow Food:
Ark of Taste
Days to Germination:
5-7 days @ 75-95F
Light Preference:
Full sun
Plant Spacing:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
  • Cherokee Purple Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
  • Cherokee Purple Tomato - (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
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Cherokee Purple Tomato - The Super Beefsteak Winner

Short vines with purple-pink-brown thick-skinned fruits with flattened globed fruits 12 - 16 oz in size. Highly flavorful with a rich, sweet, smoky, earthy flavor that lingers.

A perennial taste-test winner introduced by Craig LeHoullier from seeds given to him by J.D. Green of Tennessee, who said it had been grown for more than 100 years by the Cherokee nation. 

Very prolific producer.


Tomatoes were grown as a crop in Mexico and Peru in pre-Columbian times, but the early history of domestication is not well known (most likely in Mexico). In Europe, tomatoes were grown as ornamentals (thought to be poisonous) and became popular as a food only in the 18th century. 


Raw or cooked the tomato is one of the most widely used and versatile foods from your garden. Use fresh in salads, sandwiches, and salsas. Cooked in sauces and stews. Can be stuffed, dried, puree, paste or powdered. The uses are endless!

Growing Tip

Tomatoes suffer more transplant shock than other vegetables, but you can minimize this by hardening them off for a week or two first. This means setting them outdoors in their pots in a protected place so that they get some warm sun, a little gentle wind, and even some cool (not freezing) nights. This will help them adjust to some of the stresses of real life before having their roots transplanted into the ground. 

Learn More

This unique variety is on Slow Food USA Ark of Taste. The Ark is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage. In an effort to cultivate consumer demand—key to agricultural conservation—only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto the Ark.


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2 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Marvin on Nov 10th 2018

    This tomato is the best I've grown in 50 years.Great eating fresh, every bit as good as canned, paste and sauce

  • 5
    My top flavor choice!!!!

    Posted by Rick Padgett, SC on Jul 17th 2017

    Just the best tasting tomato I have ever tasted. Large indeterminate vines that must be taken very good care of. If you have not tried them then they are a must.

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