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Post  Little Thumb on 5/26/2010, 12:57 pm

Has anyone grown these tomatoes? How do they taste? How well do they grow and produce?

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/26/2010, 2:07 pm

I am growing them now, but none of the tomatoes are ripe. I understand they produce quite well, but since they are OP, do not have much in the way of disease prevention. I tasted one a couple of years ago and liked it. Sort of sweet-tart.

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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  Megan on 5/26/2010, 8:32 pm

I am growing them for the first time. It is more robust so far than the other heirloom tomato I started from seed (Gold Medal) but I started both very late so they are still quite tiny.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 5/27/2010, 10:47 am

This is the first year I've tried Cherokee Purple. At first, the plant didn't look as if it would survive, but it recently took off. I'm eagerly awaiting the harvest!
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Post  Little Thumb on 5/27/2010, 11:54 am

I guess that makes 4 of us waiting to taste and harvest the Cherokee Tom's. I'd love to see any picturs of you plants as they get growing.

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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  quiltbea on 5/27/2010, 3:13 pm

How about Five of us waiting to taste.

I planted two in the flower bed because I want to save seeds if they are tasty and look good in a salad, but need to keep them at least 5 feet away from another variety. My SGG raised beds are full of other varieties this year, all started from seeds and hopefully, all do great and I'll save seed.
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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  Megan on 5/27/2010, 3:33 pm

@Little Thumb wrote:I'd love to see any picturs of you plants as they get growing.

Well, here are mine as of today. The one on the left was direct-seeded on 4/25. The one on the right was started indoors a few weeks later. The direct-seeded one was a no-show for quite some time but seems to be growing strongly now. Its stem was thick for its size and furry, even when it was only an inch or so high.

I will be thinning the one on the right soon, unless I can find a good home for it.

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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  Squat_Johnson on 5/27/2010, 3:50 pm

I grew a couple of Cherokee Purples and couple of Black Krims last year and didn't have much production on either one. I did get a few tomatos that tasted good, but it took me a while to tell if they were ripe or not due to the color. I either picked them early, or if I waited too late they got rotten. Let us know how they work out for you...
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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  sanderson on 8/11/2014, 1:42 pm

I bought some Cherokee and Zebra tomatoes at the Farmers Market Friday night. The Hmong vendor said they were very, very hard to grow. The tops were all split. Is this because they are grown in the ground and the watering is off and on? Do they split when grown in MM where the watering is more consistent and it stays moist longer? Both had large piths. Is that the word?
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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/11/2014, 2:13 pm

I grew Cherokee Purple tomatoes last year, but don't remember a cracking issue.  I highly recommend the variety for its scrumptious taste.
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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  landarch on 8/11/2014, 2:20 pm

Some of my Cherokee plants are doing great in terms of quantity and size...others have good quantity but ripening at about 1/2 size.

Compared to other varieties, I am getting better numbers and much better size from Black Krim and Brandywine.

Cherokee ranks up there in taste.
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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  yolos on 8/11/2014, 2:45 pm

I don't know why, but I thought the Cherokee Purple was the worst tasting tomato I ever ate.  I actually took a bite and spit it out in the garbage.  I tried some of different ripeness and still had to spit the bites out.  It is funny how we each taste things differently or our gardens grow a plant different.  The pink brandywine is my favorite but not real productive for me.
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Post  Boz on 8/12/2014, 6:09 pm

I have Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Pink Brandywine and Japanese Black Trifele among my tomatoes this year. Based on about three years of growing them Cherokee Purple plants are bigger and have more splits then the Black Krim.
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Pink Brandywine - to sweet- I probably won't be growing them next year.
Japanese Black Trifele #1 for my taste
Black Krim #2 for my taste
Cherokee Purple #3 for my taste  being number three does not mean they taste bad just that others are better.
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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  sanderson on 8/12/2014, 9:03 pm

Thanks for the feed back on Cherokee.
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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/14/2014, 1:18 pm

@yolos wrote: It is funny how we each taste things differently or our gardens grow a plant different.  The pink brandywine is my favorite but not real productive for me.
Yes, it is funny how there are different tastes.  I thought pink brandywine was bland and won't grow it again.  I wonder if they taste different due to different composts in the MM?  Altho, I also grew them in the earth and they were still bland.  Of course the earth would be different here than there also.

If I run across someone with seeds I'll be sure to try these Cherokees.

I have a deep blue hydrangea that my mother sees as purple.  Shocked 

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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  donnainzone5 on 8/14/2014, 2:29 pm

When I lived in Southern California, I tried Brandywines a couple of times and harvested a grand total of TWO.  I also found the taste bland, and the texture somewhat mushy.
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Re: Purple cherokee tomato question

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/14/2014, 5:16 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
Yes, it is funny how there are different tastes.  I thought pink brandywine was bland and won't grow it again.  I wonder if they taste different due to different composts in the MM? 
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I bet that's true. I posted here before how stunned I was at the taste of my neighbor's sungold tomatoes, which were so incredibly good compared to the sungolds at his next door neighbor's! The (much!!!) better-tasting tomato was grown in the better soil.

It was quite an eye-opener to me. I wouldn't have believed there could be such a difference. Going by how the inferior-tasting sungold tasted, I had decided not to grow sungolds again. Until ... I tasted them grown in great soil next door. It was a great lesson for me.

Now I try to keep a more open mind about whether something is going to taste as good (or as bad!) in whatever soil and microclimate conditions it is I have to work with.
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