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Tomato - Purple Cherokee

Tomato - Purple Cherokee

Description

The Cherokee Purple tomato has a unique dusty rose color with green "shoulders" across the top. The flavor of the tomato is extremely sweet with a rich smoky taste. The Cherokee Purple has a refreshing acid, a dense juicy texture, is thick-skinned and earthy with a lingering flavor.

Applications/Techniques

Not much needs to be done to this tomato, slice it, wedge it or dice it are serve it raw in salads and pair it with burrata or fresh mozzarella and basil for a traditional Italian Caprese salad or combine it with other heirloom tomatoes for a beautiful and flavorful summer tomato salad or side dish. Generally, all heirloom tomatoes pair well with grilled or wood roasted red meats and flakey white fish and seafood. They also make great additions to pizzas, pastas, sauces, soups, and sandwiches.

History

The Cherokee Purple was rediscovered by tomato grower Craig LeHoullier. LeHoullier claimed that it was more than 100 years old, whose seeds were first shared with settlers in what is now Tennessee by the local Cherokee Indians. This Tennessee variety is said to have started the dark tomato craze.

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