Award Winning Tomato!

6 Sep

Planting an orto or garden in Italy last spring was delightful; sampling the results was delicious; but having an award-winning tomato was divine. In fact, the neighboring farmers were scratching their heads.

Our prize tomato, a Cuor di Bue, weighed in at nearly 2.2 pounds or about 1 kilogram!

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It was so heavy it actually broke the branch during a storm, but fortunately, it had a soft landing and remained unbruised.

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We let it ripen another two days out of the sun.

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You might recognize this tomato as a Beefsteak variety. Its name, Cuor di Bue, literally means heart of an ox because of its distinctive shape. It matures late and when ripe, has an orangey-red color.

Now for the tasting. The team consisted of Fernanda, who selected the plant from the nursery last April, Len and Carlo, who planted it, and yours truly, documenting everything.

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Since the normal weight for this tomato is about 7-8 ounces, and ours weighed 2.2 POUNDS, I was a bit concerned that such a large tomato might not taste great, but then this is Italy, the land that loves its tomatoes.

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And the result?…Perfect!

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It even had few seeds, which I have since learned can make a tomato more acidic.

Cuor di Bue are ideal for eating with fresh mozzarella and basil, as we did. Our tomato produced four extra-large steaks.

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Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, add a dash of salt and pepper, and enjoy!

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Divine!

Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

13 Responses to “Award Winning Tomato!”

  1. Connelly, Vincent J. September 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM #

    So how did it actually taste? I know if you get lobsters that are too big, the flavor gets lost. Same for tomatoes?

    Vincent J. Connelly

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    • blogginginitaly September 6, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

      Not at all for these. Our friends never had a doubt and they were right. It was quite tasty!

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  2. bestson808 September 6, 2016 at 2:21 PM #

    Aloha Judy,

    I just returned from Chicago to read your orto prize tomato blog. Now I must go to my favorite Italian restaurant this evening and enjoy as close as I can get in Honolulu to your mouth watering photos.

    For some reason I stop receiving your blog notices but happily Friar Chuck helped me re-connect. Please keep them coming.

    My Best to Len, he looks very happy and why not!!!
    Charles

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    • blogginginitaly September 7, 2016 at 3:44 AM #

      Charles, saw your Chicago photos and glad you and Carlo had fun! Also happy to have you back on board. Missed your comments! Len sends his best also.

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  3. Jean Mathieson-Guest September 6, 2016 at 3:17 PM #

    Oh gosh, every spring the farm around the corner has “Tomatomania” where they sell hundreds of varieties of seedlings. I’m definitely looking for this one!
    A farm around the corner? In urban LA? Well… just because!

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    • blogginginitaly September 7, 2016 at 3:45 AM #

      We have those in Chicago too – a farm in the zoo, and, why not – perche no? Look forward to seeing our results!

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  4. karenincalabria September 6, 2016 at 4:18 PM #

    Ha, ha! Wonderful! I especially like the picture with the measuring tape.

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    • blogginginitaly September 7, 2016 at 3:46 AM #

      And I was so glad their scale had pounds as well as kilos!

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      • karenincalabria September 7, 2016 at 8:38 AM #

        Yes, doing the math can be a pain, especially when they start referring to how many “etti.” I’m visiting a friend in Switzerland at the moment. There’s a thermometer in the house that has numbers down both sides – both centigrade!

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  5. Marisa's Italian Kitchen September 6, 2016 at 5:29 PM #

    Wow, that is one huge tomato and exactly how I would serve it up! 🙂

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  6. Royce Larsen September 7, 2016 at 1:19 AM #

    Unbelievable!
    Well documented
    Thank you

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