Have you ever seen a grocery store oxheart tomato?

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Have you ever seen a grocery store oxheart tomato?

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:49 pm

Have you ever seen an oxheart-shaped tomato in the grocery store? I haven't.

Come to think of it, I don't think I've seen pear-shaped ones in the grocery store either. Some people define the pear shape differently, but here I'm just defining it as a long tomato that is significantly fatter on the blossom end than it is on the rest of the tomato.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:49 pm

No, never.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:05 pm

I have seen oxhearts in a small basket of tomatoes labelled "heirloom" in the grocery store in winter. They had a product of canada sticker, so would have been greenhouse grown. They looked ok, but were $4.99 a pound. I would imagine flavor to be more watered down than a summer tomato.

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:27 pm

Yes I have seen an Oxheart tomato in our grocery as well as the pear shaped tomatoes sold as heirlooms. I did buy them once and they were not that appealing but they were better than the normal red tomatoes.
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Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:16 am

Cannot think of any that I have seen here either

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:32 pm

Cole_Robbie wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:05 pm
I have seen oxhearts in a small basket of tomatoes labelled "heirloom" in the grocery store in winter. They had a product of canada sticker, so would have been greenhouse grown. They looked ok, but were $4.99 a pound. I would imagine flavor to be more watered down than a summer tomato.
Same here, just last week.

Under grocery store lights, in February, in a super market, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if it's a pale red or a pink. Knowing that most reds are "glossy", compared to pinks that are "semi-glossy" to "satiny", I deduced that this heart was likely a pink, or a really sickly red. I also deduced that the flavor was likely really sickly. If I see another, I just might be tempted, as I'm nearing the withdrawal stage for fresh from the garden tomatoes.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:21 pm

Shule wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:49 pm
Have you ever seen an oxheart-shaped tomato in the grocery store? I haven't.

Come to think of it, I don't think I've seen pear-shaped ones in the grocery store either. Some people define the pear shape differently, but here I'm just defining it as a long tomato that is significantly fatter on the blossom end than it is on the rest of the tomato.
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Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:15 pm

My grocery sells them as expensive heirlooms. My Costco also gets heirloom packages from Canada in that contain them.
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Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:37 pm

We have one grocery store that regularly has heirloom tomatoes and other peppers besides the common ones. I bought a few of the black/purple beefsteaks, thinking I might save some seeds. The bland taste prevented me from saving seeds. I guess we just get a hankering for good tomatoes when there is snow and ice on the ground.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:40 pm

Any store tomato now is the best fresh tomato no matter how bad it tastes. We have a large greenhouse complex not far from here in Wisconsin so "local" tomatoes are better than what used to come up from Florida.

I have seen oxheart but have never bought any. In a way, I'm surprised that they are not more common since their shelf life is usually long. Lack of juice would probably turn most consumers off. Since the juice is where a lot of the taste comes from, lack of repeat buyers would kill it.

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