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:
|Bosnian meat tomato|
|Bulgarian pink giant|
|yellow beef tomato|
|small black meat tomato|
|China beef tomato|
|black pineapple tomato|
|spanish flavored meat tomato|
|Cypriot giant meat tomato|
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.