Pink Oxheart Tomato – A Tasty Heirloom!
Earlier this year I received a selection of vegetable seeds from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds to raise in my garden and review. I’m so happy that Mary sent these wonderful seeds and I’ve really been enjoying the fruits borne of her gift! You can also read about the Royalty Purple Podded Beans and the 5 Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard I’ve grown this year.
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I’ve grown Pink Oxheart Tomato once before and found them to be a very tasty, attractive tomato. They are not the most productive tomato I’ve grown, but for an heirloom variety, I’ve had very good luck with them. My experience with larger fruited heirloom tomatoes has been somewhat tentative. It seems that blossom end rot, fusarium wilt, sunscald, and low yields are the norm for them in my garden. Mind you, I have a tendency to be a ‘low maintenance’ gardener. If it requires a great deal of coddling, it probably won’t be planted again. So, for me to say that I really like this heirloom tomato, now that’s really saying something!
I remember quite clearly that I really enjoyed the flavor of the Pink Oxheart tomato the first time I grew them. It is a very mild tomato and tastes great with a little sprinkle of salt. They are also quite meaty and firm, unlike some of the other large heirloom tomatoes I’ve tried. The color is a pleasant shade of pink to light red and looks great cut up in salads or sliced on its own. I will definitely be saving some seed from these tomatoes to grow again next year!
Growing Pink Oxhearts
My tomato patch has received so little care this year, I’m embarrassed to even say “I grew these.” Really, all I’ve done is apply fertilizer once and water sporadically. Some of my Roma tomatoes are succumbing to blossom end rot, sun scald, and cracking from too little water, followed by too much water. These meaty ‘oxen’ are having no such issues. Ok, the biggest problem has been a tomato horn worm that I don’t want to kill because they turn into the really cool Sphinx moth that looks like a miniature hummingbird….really, I kid you not. So a couple of my tomatoes have had some holes munched in them, but not too bad. And I still get to see the little sphinxes flitting around my flowers. I think it’s a worthwhile trade off. 🙂
Heirloom Tomato Successes and Failures
I’m sure I’ve had more failures in my garden than successes. Each season brings its own challenges. Sometimes my garden and I rise above those challenges, and sometimes we crash and burn.
Heirloom tomatoes are one of those love/hate plants that I’ve been trying for years with more failures than successes. I’ve tried Cherokee Purple, Amish Paste, Tigerella, Yellow Pear, Red Pear, Principe Borghese, Pink Oxheart, Brandywine, Black Krim, and Mortgage Lifter, to name a few. I’ve had very good luck with Tigerella, Yellow and Red Pear, and Pink Oxheart. The others haven’t produced as well…except maybe Mortgage Lifter…the jury is out on that one.
I assume that the failures have a lot to do with ‘user error,’ since I’m not the kind of gardener who babies along the tender plants. Weeds are really more my speed…and I eat plenty of those too! But tomatoes don’t tend to grow in the wild around here, so I have to learn from my experience and choose the varieties that do best in my growing conditions, and under my somewhat dysfunctional gardening abilities. And let me tell you, Pink Oxheart makes the cut!
Have You Ever Tried Pink Oxheart Tomatoes? What is Your Favorite Heirloom Tomato?
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