|Typical Cherokee Chocolate tomato|
When I received my seed order from Tomato Growers Supply Co. last winter, it contained a complimentary packet of Cherokee Chocolate tomato seeds. Hey, chocolate, I thought—what is there not to salivate over?
Here’s how Tomato Growers describes Cherokee Chocolate: “A stabilized version of Cherokee Purple, this 10 to 16 oz. mahogany-colored variety has excellent flavor and beautiful large fruit. Very productive plants are vigorous and yield a large harvest of these chocolate-colored tomatoes with the ample size and wonderful flavor associated with Cherokee Purple.”
I’m not sure I know what “stabilized” means in a tomato variety, but my Cherokee Chocolate plants produced more fruit per plant than the Cherokee Purples I’ve grown. Fruits are larger, mine averaging just under 16 oz., though Chocolate seem more irregular in shape than the global Purple, and slightly more juicy and less “smoky” in flavor, as some catalogs describe the Purple. I found it more convenient to cut the irregular-shaped fruit in half and then to slice or chunk the two halves.
Will I grow them again next year? I have left-over seeds stored in the fridge from this year’s complimentary packet, so why not? But I probably wouldn’t buy another packet unless I really wanted to grow a Cherokee that produces more and larger fruit than Purple.
|Cherokee Chocolate tomatoes|
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