Cherokee Chocolate Tomato
'Cherokee Chocolate' tomato.

Cherokee Chocolate Tomato

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Dark crimson red with shoulders that are brownish-black.

80 days, indeterminate — 'Cherokee Chocolate' sets fruit that are the same size as 'Cherokee Purple' but the color is a darker crimson red with shoulders that are brownish-black. It appears to be a stable skin color mutation of 'Cherokee Purple'. Excellent flavor and flesh texture. Sweet, slightly tart, firm but very juicy flesh. An excellent slicing variety.

This variety originated in the garden of heirloom tomato collector Craig LeHoullier in 1995. After determining that it was stable, Craig named it, shared it with seed savers, and sent us seeds. 'Cherokee Chocolate' was introduced commercially to the general public by the Victory Seed Company in 2004. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
Excellent flavor. The best tomato I've ever eaten, no exaggeration. Amend the soil annually, and these guys will grow tomatoes the size of grapefruits, with the flavor intensity of ramen noodles. Though the yield has always seemed less compared to globe tomatoes, this is just an illusion; it only takes about three 'Cherokee Chocolates' to fill a quart jar with tomato sauce. Best tomato on the market.
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Reviewed by:  from Kentucky. on 11/23/2015
The best!
This is the most delicious tomato in the universe. We have tried numerous heirloom tomatoes over the years, and have found nothing to equal its flavor. Try it--you will not regret it!
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Reviewed by:  from Bloomington IL. on 2/7/2011
HUGE tomatoes!
i am from NJ and i know a good tomato when i see one and this was it, huge tomatoes juicy, big healthy plants also, good pick if you want a beefsteak type tomato
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Reviewed by:  from north east Pa. on 8/23/2011
Not doing so well
The plants had great vigorous growth in new beds that I put together but after getting about 2 foot tall they've developed yellow and black spots (fungus). Since then they've been taken over by stink bugs and I haven't eaten a single tomato. I was getting ready to pick 5 or 6 of them, and just went outside, all of them destroyed. Go figure. Not really what to rate them on since I still haven't eaten any, and I'll be surprised if I am able to eat any of them.

VSC NOTES: Insects are definitely opportunistic and will attack diseased and weakened plants. From your brief description, I cannot tell you exactly what disease affected your plants but it kind of sounds like early blight. Here is a good tool for helping to diagnose tomato diseases - ~Mike
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Reviewed by:  from Bush, Louisiana. on 7/18/2013
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