These little seedlings will eventually produce Cherokee Purple tomatoes. A favorite here at the Patch for fresh eating. Their journey from seedling to yummy tomatoes will be posted here. Aren’t you lucky? Cherokee Purple tomatoes are a pre-1890 heirloom from Tennessee. The plants produce 10 to 12 ounce fruits that have a dark pink/purple color when ripe. It’s one of the best fresh eating tomatoes we’ve grown. There’s nothing like the taste of a fresh homegrown tomato, but a fresh homegrown Cherokee Purple tomato is a special treat.