Tomato Coração de Boi
The tomato that is most loved by the Portuguese – irregular, sometimes almost deformed, captivating for its sweetness and delicacy; wonderful in salads and 'malandrinho' tomato risotto.
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The oxheart tomato began by being dubbed poisonous and its cultivation was merely ornamental. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular vegetables in the world and a key ingredient in Portuguese cuisine, from traditional to contemporary. However, its success goes further. The oxheart tomato, so named because its shape resembles that of an ox’s heart, is so beloved by the Portuguese that almost every village has developed its own selection. A little redder, a little bigger, a little smaller, a little fleshier, juicier, rounder or more heart-shaped, the Portuguese love this variety of tomato so much that their passion forced supermarkets to make them available at the perfect stage of ripening: green tinted with red, not uniform and difficult to store, almost ugly. But there is no one who doesn’t want them. Slow food taken to the big chains. Discovering all the oxheart tomatoes that exist in Portugal is impossible, but we suggest that you start with ours and maybe then you’ll understand, why this tomato is capable of capturing hearts. And be warned, its sweet and mild taste, experienced in salads or hot dishes, like ‘malandrinho’ tomato rice, is a starting point for a life of always wanting more.
- Scientific name
- Solanum lycopersicum
- Family Name