Saturday, July 22, 2006

Cuor di Bue Tomatoes

The cuor di bue, to me is the #1, big momma, grand Pubah of tomatoes. It's got very thin skin and almost no seeds, so it's loaded with delicious tomatoey flesh. It is as tasty as the Brandywines I grew back in Minnesota but here in Milan, they're sold at every open-air market in the summer. They are the best tomato for about everything from salads to sauces. In the photo you see here is quite a puffy example of the variety; they're often more pearlike with a narrow top and plump bottom. Seeds are available on many UK websites and some Canadian ones but I haven't seen them in the States and US seed sites seem hard to find. If anybody in the States needs seeds, let me know!


Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

I'd be tempted to ask for seeds, but I have to confess I nearly always buy tomato plants to get a head start. I haven't seen this type before, so I'm making a note to look and ask for it. I'm lucky to live by some very good nurseries. I do have three Brandywine plants in my garden with a lot of huge tomatoes on them, so I'll be a happy woman soon! I've had a few tomatoes from my other varieties of tomatoes, but Brandywines are my favorite.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may have had some of the first glorious tomatoes on the block but I sure don't have any now.
That is a most glorious tomatoes - I may have seen some of those at Whole Foods or Central Market. I'm going to be looking for them and the Brandywines.
Perfect photo Susan, I like it.

3:55 PM  
Blogger hellomelissa said...

offering seeds to the states may be dangerous... will demand outreach supply??

i'd love some. i need more veggies, and i need to be more vigilant in my deer-proofing.

my email is, and then i can send you my address.

2:53 AM  
Blogger barb said...

makes me miss Milan........and your photo is beautiful.

3:33 AM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hi Kalyn, Brandywines are also spectacular in flavor. I love their rosy color too. I'll bet in Utah, you have a really long growing season as well, much better for growing Brandywines that Minnesota!

Hey Tanna, Next time you're at WF or Central Market, would you check for the cuor di bue's? I'd love to know if they're avalable.

HelloMelissa, Hmmm... I don't know much about this but I've heard deer are repelled by human hair. If you were to (sorry, this is gross) take the hair from your hairbrush and put it around your vegetable garden, it might help. Thanks for taking me up on the offer! I'll e-mail you today!

Hi Doodles, Thanks for stopping by! When did you live in Milan? (and Why? Why not Florence, Rome or Venice? ;) ) P.S., I'm ice-cream-maker-less and really craving me some canteloupe-vodka granita! Great post.

1:00 PM  
Blogger hellomelissa said...

i've also heard it said that human urine repels deer, but i'm not about to pee on my tomatoes.

i don't have a hairbrush 'cause my hair's too short! but my husband has mounds of luscious hair, so as soon as i'm reuntited with him i'll ask for some. there are photos of him in all his hairy glory this past weekend at i'll let you guess which one he is.

3:10 AM  
Blogger Corrie said...

you're right--these are great tomatoes! love the photo of the big guy.

11:16 PM  
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