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85 days. This curious and striking tomato is guaranteed to turn heads as well as satisfy appetites. Its name is simply Italian for oxheart, although this selection (Riviera) is an exotic twist on the oxheart tomato type. These big tomatoes have a bottom-heavy shape reminiscent of a pouch with a gathered top. They measure 3 ½ inches wide and 4 inches long and weigh in just under ½ pound each. Cuore di Bue is one of the tastiest saucing types with dense flesh and lustrous, orangey-red skin. Indeterminate.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Beautiful, Unique and Best Flavor!

First let me say that these tomatoes are gorgeous and look like they belong in a cottage photo shoot. Second these are by far the best tasting tomatoes!ever!I had guests over this past week who are vegetarian and go to farmers markets on a weekly basis looking for the best produce. They said that my Cuore Di Bue tomatoes were the best tomatoes that they have ever had. I have used them for everything from pizza sauce to curries to tomato sandwiches. I grew San Marzano tomatoes last year and I honestly prefer the Cuore Di Bue not just for size, but ease of growing and I am in love with the flavor. On a side note if your tomatoes are splitting mulch them and make sure they are correctly watered. I mulch my tomatoes with a compost mix and my Cuore Di Bue plants are almost as tall as I am (not even kidding and I'm 5'4) and I had only no issues with splitting.

My Favorite!

This is the best variety of tomato that I have grown. In addition to making sauce, I eat it almost daily in season: preferably peeled (fairly easily) and seeded (easily), in a salad. It doesn't require that treatment, but it is worth it!

Ethne C.
The BEST Italian tom

If you're going to grow an Italian tomato, grow this one. I brought seed from Italy years ago, and it's still viable. It also self sows, as it did in my PA garden, which astonished me. Versatile, great flavor, and fruit upwards of nearly 1 pound!,,,also astonishing! It may crack around the stem, but so what! just says, 'hey, I'm home-grown'.

Kim S.
Best Sauce Tomato

We have always planted Romas for making sauce. Well, not anymore. This tomato has so much flavor and is very meaty. They made fantastic tomato sauce and I can't wait to grow more next year.

Our plants also withstood being drowned by early summer rain and cool temperatures right after planting. No blossom end rot or anything.

Soil Temp for Germ 70-90°F
Seed Depth 1/4"
Days to Emergence 6-14
Soil Temp for Transp 55°F
Plant Spacing See below
Row Spacing 3-4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 280-320
Seed Life 3 years

Lycopersicon lycopersicum The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well-drained raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcium amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

• HR indicates high resistance.
• IR indicates intermediate resistance.
• Aal | Alternaria Stem Canker
• AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
• B | Bacterial Wilt
• F* | Fusarium Wilt
• FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
• L | Gray Leaf Spot
• LB* | Late Blight
• LM* | Leaf Mold
• N | Roundworm | Nematode
• PL | Corky Root Rot
• PST | Bacterial Speck
• RK | Root-Knot
• TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
• ToANV* | Tomato Apex Necrotic Virus
• ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
• TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
• TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
• V* | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers and letters indicate specific disease race.

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