Beef tomatoes: varieties and nutritional values


Beefsteak tomatoes are very aromatic and, at times with over 1,000 grams, are real heavyweights. We have an overview of the most popular varieties for you.

© stu12 / stock.adobe.com Beefsteak tomatoes are large and aromatic, but cannot be used for everything. We have compiled all information about nutritional values, the best varieties and their use in the kitchen.

Typical characteristics of a beef tomato

At first glance, it is only the size that distinguishes the meat tomato from other tomatoes. However, there is more to what this fruit is all about:

  • Basic weight between 100 and 250 grams per fruit
  • some subspecies weigh up to one kilogram
  • have a lot of pulp and few seeds
  • firm consistency
  • takes longer to ripen than other tomatoes
  • particularly aromatic taste
  • they are available in the typical red color, but also in yellow, green, brown and black
  • some varieties are even two-tone

Depending on the variety, the meat tomato does not develop a spherical shape, but grows irregularly and ribbed, which is why it is easy to recognize.

For what purposes is the meat tomato used?

Meat tomatoes are mainly used in the kitchen for cooking - for example for tomato sauces - because their size does not make them look good in salads. They also serve for topping burgers or sandwiches.

Beef tomato varieties - an overview

© Dieter Meyer / stock.adobe.com Around 3,000 different types of beef tomatoes are described worldwide. Some of them are relatively old, others testify to newer breeds that are particularly resistant to typical tomato diseases such as late blight. The yield is usually moderate. As a rule, however, fewer fruits hang on beef tomato bushes than on other tomato plants.

The most popular varieties are:

  • yellow beef tomato
  • delicate shell
  • Lemony aroma
  • about 100 to 350 grams
Bernese rose
  • of pink color
  • very aromatic
  • about 100 to 250 grams
Bosnian meat tomato
  • Red color
  • heart-shaped
  • mild taste
  • meaty
  • weak ribs with a distinctive fruit tip
  • Fruits weigh more than 200 grams
  • bright red color
  • Weight from 150 to 500 grams
  • has a light wine aroma
Bulgarian pink giant
  • pink color
  • strong flesh
  • Weight between 800 and 1,200 grams
  • Beef tomato with lush ribbing
  • comes from Italy
  • black tomato
  • Weight between 100 and 250 grams
Cherokee Green
  • green tomato
  • tastes sour
  • Fruit weight between 150 to 350 grams
yellow beef tomato
  • flat round shape
  • sweet taste
  • weak ribbing
  • just over 200 grams in weight
Great White
  • light yellow color
  • mild taste
  • Weight between 150 and 350 grams
indian tomato
  • also known as "Indian Flesh", "purple beef tomato" or "Indian purple"
  • purple color
  • possibly also multicolored
  • round fruit
  • aromatic taste
  • juicy soft with firm skin
  • weak ribbing
  • Fruits weigh between 50 and 200 grams
small black meat tomato
  • brown or black color
  • flat round shape
  • weak ribbing
  • traditional french meat tomato
  • mild-sweet taste
  • light red to pink flesh
  • Weight less than 200 grams
  • round shape
Nonna Antonia
  • Red color
  • originally comes from Piedmont
  • Weight between 400 and 800 grams
China beef tomato
  • Orange color
  • round fruits with full meat
  • weigh between 50 and 200 grams
Chilli Tomato
  • Red color
  • mild taste
  • juicy soft with a soft skin
  • recessed fruit tip
  • Breeding comes from Germany
Sandul Modovan
  • light red color
  • Fruits weigh between 300 and 700 grams
black pineapple tomato
  • black color
  • juicy fruit with a sweet taste
  • tender flesh with fewer seeds
  • Weight between 200 and 650 grams
spanish flavored meat tomato
  • Red color
  • round appearance
  • soft skin and pulp
  • weakly ribbed with smooth fruit tip
  • Fruits weigh more than 200 grams
Taurus heart
  • also known as "Ox Heart", "Coeur de Boeuf", "Cuor di Bue" or "Heart of the Bull"
  • originally comes from Italy
  • green-yellow color, turns red later
  • Fruits weigh between 300 and 500 grams
Waltinger's yellow
  • yellow appearance
  • ripen in lush fruit grapes
Cypriot giant meat tomato
  • Red color
  • comes from Cyprus
  • heart-shaped
  • full meat
  • weak ribbing
  • Fruits weigh between 50 and 200 grams

Nutritional values ​​of beef tomatoes

In order to complete the information about the meat tomato, we have a nutritional table here. The information relates to 100 grams of raw beef tomatoes:

  • Bread units: 0.2
  • Kilocalories: 20
  • Kilojoules: 84
  • Protein: 0.95 g
  • Fat: 0.21 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.60 g
  • Water: 93.94 g
  • Dietary fiber: 1.30 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.00 mg
  • Minerals: 0.61 g

Beef tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene and niacin. There is also a high content of vitamin C and folic acid. Potassium tops the list of minerals. Beefsteak tomatoes contain around 235 milligrams per 100 grams. There are also numerous amino acids.