Cherokee Purple Tomato

The Cherokee purple tomato originated with Craig LeHoullier, who claimed it was a century-old variety grown by the Cherokee people. In 1990, while living in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Craig received unsolicited mail from John Green of Sevierville, Tennessee: a brief note and a small packet of seeds. The note indicated that John wanted to share this unnamed tomato with Craig and that it was a purple tomato the Cherokee Indians gave to his neighbors 100 years ago. The Cherokee purple tomato is unusual for the deep purple/red hue of its fruit. It was one of the first of the “black” ..

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