This tomato produced about 20 pounds of fleshy, amazing, so ugly they are beautiful tomatoes, with exactly that flavour I remember, and eating them with salt and pepper from those vintage shakers, there is a melting of my heart with fond memories and sweet flavours. There is nothing like it.
The name of this tomato is Cherokee Heirloom Carbon, Lycopersicon. It is also known as the Cherokee Purple tomato and is supposedly dated back to the 1800's. It is not a pretty fruit, as we are used to perfect red orange orbs or a uniform size. It is purple brown and green and anything but uniform or orb shaped. But one plant produced over 20 pounds of tomatoes and they are incredibly delicious. I am going to try to ferment some seeds and dry them to grow next year. Yum!.
I also grew 6 other varieties of tomatoes this year, but the tags disappeared from most of them. There is one that is sort of strawberry shaped and sized, but the flavour is somewhat lacking for my taste. The Beefsteak is good, but does not compare to the Cherokee Purple. The Sweet 100 will be good, as always, once the tomatoes ripen. I recall one day in my garden when the kids were preteens that they had a war with my Sweet 100 green tomatoes. I was furious, but can laugh at it now. They must have been the perfect ammunition, soft enough not to really hurt and the right size to hurl at the opponents. KIds!
Look for the Cherokee Purple tomato if you love that old fashioned tomato flavour. I certainly will be planting these next year, lots of them. I bet tomato soup from them would be spectacular. Want some?