Another of our favorite heirloom tomatoes, the German Strawberry is an oxheart variety. Though it was the last plant we put in the garden this year, it was the second to bear ripe fruit.
This particular example is not as acutely pointed on the end as many of them are, but you can still tell where the name strawberry came from. The fruit are uniformly medium-large and ripen to an even red color. (There is a yellow variety available as well.)
The Strawberry is one of our favorite slicing tomatoes, low on seeds and juice but lots of flesh. Still tender, slices are great on a sandwich or burger. The German Strawberry bears fruit all season long and often has four or five good-sized green fruit still on the vine when the frost arrives – a cause for rejoicing, because, of all the heirlooms, this one is best at ripening off the vine. While we harvest a lot of full-grown green tomatoes at frost time, we’ve been more succesful at ripening these than any other. Anything to prolong the tomato season – I just can’t eat the pseudo-tomatoes that the grocery carries.