Cherokee Purple Tomato


Through the years, my brother has mentioned a tomato called a Cherokee Purple. The Cherokee Purple is a beef stake tomato, so it’s a dandy sliced up to put on a sandwich or hamburger. It sounded like it would be a good tomato to grow and eat, but I’d never seen any plants for sale around here.
This year, we found some Cherokee Purple tomato plants for sale. We bought two and planted them. They’re growing well and full of tomatoes. I’ve kept a close eye on the first tomato that began to grow and grew more larger each week. I put my glasses on it to show how large it was when I took photos of it.

I waited patiently and then…

I was so excited the other day to see that the tomato was changing color, ripening beautifully.P1030186Once again, I put my glasses on it to show how large it was. I intended to make a post about this delicious wonder and then…

Sunday, my husband and I went to the garden and saw deer tracks going down by the tomato patch and my gorgeous ripening tomato had been snacked upon. 😦P1030254I was sooo not happy, but there was no sense in getting to upset since we don’t have a fence around the garden. I took some photos and  well, our first Cherokee Purple got it’s own post after all.

Storms visited our area yesterday gave the land a good hearty drink. Our garden sure appreciated it. The tomato vines are full of tomatoes so hopefully, we’ll be able to get to one or two Cherokee Purples before the deer does.

I hope you all are having a good week.

Further Reading:
Cherokee Purple Tomato




12 thoughts on “Cherokee Purple Tomato

    • Thanks Laura
      We’re hoping that they’ll be available next year too. But for now, our vines are loaded and we’re hoping to get a ripe one yet. 🙂


        • Thanks Laura
          Cherokee Purples are an heirloom tomato (I think) so it’s possible that your Dad did grow them.
          They’re a big tomato. I hadn’t realized that until this one started getting so large. I hope they taste as good to us humans as they did to that deer. 🙂


    • Thanks Nadine
      I figure the deer look forward to our unprotected garden each year. We don’t mind sharing.
      I figure my glasses are good for using in comparison because most folks know about what size that would be… Plus it gives the veggies a bit of extra fun. 😉


  1. Oh, I know how disheartening that is. (Not with vegetables, but certainly with my plants.) It’s like someone just lets the wind out of your sails. I hope you do get to enjoy some of those huge tomatoes – I’ve never heard of them before!

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    • Thanks Dianna
      I’ve been thinking if we really needed every veggie, that I would use your stink pepper deterrent to keep the critters away. And I may have too yet. You ought to bottle it up and market it. 🙂


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