Tomatoes - Cherokee Purple

Quick Facts

Type: Fruit
Availability: July
Quantity: Per pound
Flavor: Old fashioned Sweet flavor
Use: Consumed raw or cooked

Grown:  High tunnel
Grown by: Horticulture Research Station



Storage and Preparation

Short Term Storage: Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature out of direct sun light and will continue to ripen and sweeten even after they have been picked. Ripe tomatoes are best consumed within 2-3 days.  Under ripe tomatoes can be kept up to 5 days at room temperature. Refrigeration for fresh tomatoes is not usually recommended because it can cause flavor loss.  However, ripe tomatoes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days with minimal flavor loss.  Tomatoes should be removed from the fridge and let to rest at room temperature for at least 1 hour before eating. Long Term Storage: Tomatoes can be frozen or canned.

More information from ISU extension on:

Freezing and canning tomatoes

Preparation: Tomatoes should be rinsed thoroughly with cold running water before sliced or eaten.   Once sliced, tomatoes should be covered and refrigerated if not consumed within 2 hours.  Sliced tomatoes can last 1-2 days in the refrigerator.

Pairings and Nutrition

Pairings: Cherokee purple tomatoes have an intense flavor that make them great to cook with or to just eat plain in a salad or sandwich.
Nutrition: Tomatoes are very low in calories and a good source of vitamin A and potassium.


Cherokee Purple tomato recipes:

Baked Tomatoes with Parmesan Cheese & Fresh Herbs

Yield: Serves 2

Total Time: 20 min

Cooking time will vary depending on the size and firmness of your tomatoes. Keep checking the oven to determine how softly cooked you want your tomatoes and how crisp your want your cheese to be. Enjoy these as a side dish with scrambled eggs or grilled dishes.


2 medium ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme or herbs
salt and pepper to taste


Pre-Heat oven to 450. Cut tomatoes in half, place cut side up.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add grated parmesan cheese on top to cover the whole tomato. Then sprinkle fresh chopped herbs or sprigs on top of cheese.
Bake tomatoes for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted and/or when tomatoes are cooked to your preferred texture. We prefer our baked tomatoes rather soft, spreadable over bread.