Tomato, Purple Cherokee (Organic)

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Quick facts

  • Heirloom
  • Old-fashioned, green shouldered tomato
  • Black beefsteak

Solanum lycopersicum

100 days, Indeterminate. Beefsteak Cherokee heirloom tomato from Tennessee. Fruit 1 lb! The famous flavor is irreplaceable, even though slower to mature than other varieties. Green shoulders are typical of progressively-ripening heirloom tomatoes in which photosynthesis takes place in the fruit, therefore enhancing flavor and nutrient profile.  Potato leaf.

How to grow it:  

Germ Temp

Indoor Start

Germ Days

Frost Tolerant

Sun

Seed Depth

Plant/Row Spacing

65-85

4-6 w.

6-9 d.

No

Full

1/8”

24”/36”

Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before average last frost date. Thin to the strongest plant per pot. Transplant 36” apart in full sun near a trellis. Water consistently.

Seed specs:  30 min.

Slow Food ARK OF TASTE Variety:

For it's rich history and cultural significance, this pea has been chosen to board the Slow Food Ark of Taste.  The Slow Food Ark of Taste is where "culinary heritage meets biodiversity."  Varieties placed on the "ark" are those whose rich history and cultural significance is well documented, yet whose existence is threatened simply by the lack of people growing and perpetuating it.  Varieties of crops, like species of plants and animals, can (and do) go extinct from lack of habitat and unfavorable conditions. These varieties deserve preservation not just because they each have a great story, but because the futures of our evolving food crops depend on a rich well of genetic diversity with which they can continually adapt, and be adapted by plant breeders, to thrive in changing conditions.  In the case of our food crops, the unfavorable conditions leading to a decrease in diversity are many, but one we can immediately address is the decrease in the number of people growing these crops and saving these seeds. 

A small kitchen garden really can change the world!