March 12, 2013

August 9, 2008 Cherokee Purple

Filed under: General,◦Country Living,◦Food — sharon @ 3:55 pm

This is the first in our series of blogs about heirloom tomatoes – those less-than-perfect, seldom solid red-orange, thin-skinned and fragile tomatoes not bred for long-distance shipping or machine picking, rather handed down through generations of seed-savers for the best in flavor. They are often unusual looking, always a delight to the palate as well as the eye.

One of the first full sized tomatoes that’s ready in our garden is also one of our favorites, the Cherokee Purple. Shaded from a deep burgundy through mahogany to a dark green on the shoulders, its visual appeal foreshadows some of its culinary attributes.

Cherokee Purple

Almost any fresh summer tomato has a flavor that stands alone well; we like to eat them with a little basil and a mild dressing or mayo. The Cherokee Purple has a flavor that seems to derive from its color, almost a winey taste, complex, with a richness and sweetness like no other tomato. It’s a good sized, relatively round tomato, firm but still juicy, perfect for salads, but still good in a sandwich. Our favorite tomato sandwich is simple, just a slice or two of tomato, maybe a leaf of lettuce and perhaps a slice of any good tasty cheese.

sliced Cherokee Purple

OK, gotta go – I’m drooling.

1 Comment »

  1. 1.WOWWOWWOW…Tim is a Tomato Rock star! You must be so proud! I’m very
    excited for your family. I truly enjoyed this Sharon. Please keep us posted!
    I expect to hear he is booked for Martha any day ;o)!

    Comment by becky up the hill — August 13, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

    2.A couple of years ago, Tim was supposed to do a thing with
    Martha, but didn’t have time, so kind of blew her off….but
    he’s been in tons of magazines, with his tomatoes on the
    cover of Gourmet, his peppers on Mother Earth News, etc.

    Comment by Sharon — August 13, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

    Comment by sharon — March 12, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

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