Cherokee purple is the name of a cultivar of tomato, unusual for the deep purple/red hue of its fruit. It was one of the first of the "black" colour group of tomatoes. It is also unusual in being extremely popular for the sake of its flavour, instead of only its unusual colour. Cherokee Purple tomatoes are beefsteak in style, with green "shoulders" across the top. They are also notable for having a dense, juicy texture, with small seed locules irregularly scattered throughout the flesh. The comparatively dark interior colour is enhanced by the tendency of the seeds to be surrounded by green gel.
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