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Beefsteak (tomato)

Beefsteak tomatoes are the largest varieties of cultivated tomatoes, sometimes weighing 1 lb (.5 kg) or more. Most are pink or red with numerous small seed compartments distributed throughout the fruit, sometimes displaying pronounced ribbing similar to ancient pre-Columbian tomato cultivars. While popular among home growers for sandwich making and other applications requiring a large tomato to be eaten raw, beefsteaks are not grown commercially as often as other types, since they are not considered as suitable for mechanization as smaller slicing tomatoes.

Common varieties include:

  • Beefmaster VFN (a popular hybrid beefsteak)
  • Beefsteak VFN
  • Big Beef
  • Brandywine (a pink heirloom variety)
  • Bucking Bronco
  • Cherokee Purple a dusky red/purple beefsteak, said to have exceptional flavor
  • Marmande
  • Mortgage Lifter (another popular heirloom tomato)
  • Pink Beefsteak
  • Coeur De Boeuf

See also: List of tomato cultivars

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