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Tomatoes: Solanum lycopersicum 'Big Beef'

Botanical name: Solanum lycopersicum 'Big Beef'

Common name: tomato

also known as (Lycopersicon esculentum 'Big Beef', Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Big Beef')

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Tomatoes: Solanum lycopersicum 'Big Beef'
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 9a thru 11a

bee attracting, edible

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Where's the beef? It's all in this 1994 AAS Winner beefsteak-type tomato. One slice fits a sandwich, and the wonderful, old-time flavor has just the right balance of sugars and acids. If you yearn for old-fashioned beefsteak tomato taste, size and quality, this All-America winner is a hands-down favorite, combining delicious full flavor, heavy yields, wide adaptability and truly superior disease resistance (V-1, F-1, F-2, ASC, St.N, ToMV). ‘Big Beef’ fruits are deep red, smooth skinned, meaty and juicy with an average weight of 9 oz. to 1 lb. – huge and globe-shaped, without the cracked tops or fibrous interiors of older beefsteak varieties. Best of all these scrumptious giant slicers are heavy with sweet flesh and lots of juice – perfect for BLT sandwiches. Indeterminate vines are large and vigorous with excellent disease resistance resulting in yields, nearly double that of other beefsteak varieties. For best flavor, pick tomatoes fully red-ripe and don’t store them in the refrigerator. These succulent beefsteak tomatoes are memorable siply cut into thick, meaty slices and sprinkled with a pinch of salt or sugar and good, extra virgin olive oil. Perfect to eat all by themselves or in any kind of sandwich. Prepare soil well with aged manure or compost. Plant seedlings several inches deeper than they were growing in containers. Provide strong stakes or tall wire cages. Mulch for even moisture retention. – edited by dtd pbcouchman


Solanum lycopersicum is native to western South America.

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I think this is one of the best slicing tomatoes for my area (Central Texas). A good producer and delicious!