Oxheart Red Tomato
Oxheart Red Tomato is an old heirloom (from 1925) with a beautiful heart-shaped red/pink fruit with potential to weigh up to 500 grams. Fruits have a meaty flesh without too many seeds which is ideal for your sandwiches. It has lovely flavours and productivity is excellent.
Regular leaf indeterminate rated at 80 days from planting to ripening. Provide strong support.
Sow – Start on a heat mat ideally in late August to October (Cool Climate) and plant out after frost risk and soils around 10 deg at night (after 7 days consecutively).
Can start earlier if planting in a hothouse. 8 weeks on average from sowing to planting if using a heatmat.
Spacing – 60 to 120cm
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- The wild ancestor of the tomato is native to western South America. These wild versions were the size of peas. Aztecs and other peoples in Mesoamerica were the first to have domesticated the fruit and used in their cooking.
- The Spanish first introduced tomatoes to Europe, where they became used in Spanish food.
- In France, Italy and northern Europe, the tomato was initially grown as an ornamental plant. It was regarded with suspicion as a food because botanists recognized it as a nightshade, a relative of the poisonous belladonna.
- This was exacerbated by the interaction of the tomato’s acidic juice with pewter plates.
- The leaves and immature fruit contains tomatine, which in large quantities would be toxic. However, the ripe fruit contains no tomatine.