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Old 08-19-2015, 11:13 AM
 
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I only have one plant and I bought it from Home Depot. It was supposed to be a normal cherry tomato.

It was planted late because spring was so late. It got green tomatoes that stayed green and didn't ripen. All of a sudden a few of them got streaks of ugly purple on the green and now they are an ugly purple. They may still have some slightly greenish stripes.

I don't dare eat them. Is something wrong with them?
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:18 AM
 
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Is it a dark purple where they are exposed to the sun? If so they are Indigo Purple tomatoes and you must wait until they turn orange on the bottom to eat them. They could also be a new cherry variety of Cherokee purple which is new to the market this year and they have been mislabeled.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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I was going to say Cherokee purple as well those are a tasty tomatoe indeed . I think once you try one OP you will love them .
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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Hold on. I'll get a picture. I picked one. It was on the inner part of the plant, not the part that's in the sun. A couple more were near it, same color. It's purple with light vertical stripes --it already feels soft as if it's ready to eat. Don't want to get poisoned though.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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Not the clearest picture but this is sort of how it looks. It's only the size of a cherry tomato and it is this ugly color with vertical stripes.

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Old 08-19-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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That's some sort of dark variety--it may be Cherokee Purple, or a cherry version of a Black Krim. Taste it. I bet it's delicious.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:30 PM
 
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That's some sort of dark variety--it may be Cherokee Purple, or a cherry version of a Black Krim. Taste it. I bet it's delicious.
Thanks. Even the stem part looks different from a regular tomato--it's longer and more pointy. I'll give it to dh to try first, lol.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:39 PM
 
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Lol, so he's the guinea pig, heh? I'll bet he loves it, as the other posters mentioned. The heirlooms I've grown that are colored up as yours all have very deep, delicious flavor.

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Old 08-19-2015, 12:48 PM
 
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Lol, so he's the guinea pig, heh? I'll bet he loves it, as the other posters mentioned. The heirlooms I've grown that are colored up as yours all have very deep, delicious flavor.
WOW. I sliced it up and said I'd eat a slice if he ate a slice. These are delicious. The skin is rather thick and chewy but they are nice and sweet. I don't even like regular tomatoes but these don't have that strong biting (?) taste. It's different and it is Black Cherry because I looked it up and it matches.

Thanks for the answers.
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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I don't even like regular tomatoes but these don't have that strong biting (?) taste.
As a general rule, only red tomato varieties have that tangy, acidy taste (although there are a few green-when-ripe and pink varieties which are exceptions). As you've just discovered, so-called black tomatoes (which are actually closer to purple in color) have a sweet, almost smokey flavor. Yellow and orange tomatoes are also pretty mellow in flavor. Persimmon is my absolute favorite yellow/orange tomato as far as taste goes, but it's not a heavy yielder and takes a while to ripen. Orange Jubilee is also excellent, and since I can buy it from local nurseries and don't have to start it myself from seed, it has taken Persimmon's place in my garden.

Try growing the cherry tomato variety Sungold next year as well as Black Cherry. They're two very different cherry tomatoes, but both with fantastic (but quite different) flavor! Life's too short to stick with growing just boring red tomatoes.
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