By Minette Tonoli
THE STORY OF THE SHAPES AND SIZES OF TOMATOES
SO WHAT MAKES A BEEFSTEAK, A BEEFSTEAK?I often had customers ask me for “Beefsteak” when I sold heirloom tomato seedlings at the markets, and while I have many varieties of tomatoes that are classed as beefsteaks, there is, to my knowledge, not a particular tomato named “Beefsteak”. There’s “Big Beef”, sure, and maybe the closest I’ve come was “Beefsteak Select”, but not just “Beefsteak”. Suffice to say that when I countered my potential customer’s query with “Sure, which one?”, their befuddlement made me realise that a lot of people don't know that beefsteak is simply a type of tomato, and a type that can be heirloom or hybrid bred, in any colour, and a small range of shapes too!
A beefsteak tomato is a large meaty tomato:
A LIST OF SHAPES AND SIZES
This then is my list of descriptions and names for the different shapes and sizes of tomatoes, and is what I use to talk about my tomatoes. From small to large:
I’m sure there’s some more shape descriptions, and I am also sure that not everyone will agree with me on my list above. The fun thing is, you can get quite poetic about your tomatoes, just trying to describe what colours they are, and what shape the fruits take… never mind when you eventually slice through them and taste them!