‘Coeur de Bœuf (Buffalo Heart)’

Tomatoes / Tomates / Ντομάτες


Common Name: Tomatoes / Tomates / Ντομάτες

Scientific Name: Lycopersicon esculentum


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: full sun

Soil type: Requires a rich well-drained soil. pH: 6.0 – 7.0

Sowing in nursery: February

Direct Planting: March

Germination: 4 to 7 days after sowing ( 20 ºC)

Harvest: 90 – 120 days after sowing

Spacing: 30cm/30cm/1cm deep  


Flower is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs)

Pollination: self-pollinated; cross-pollination rarely occurs

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: fruits

Medicine: Antirheumatic;  Cardiac;  Homeopathy;  Odontalgic;  Skin


The pulped fruit is an extremely beneficial skin-wash for people with oily skin. Sliced fruits are a quick and easy first aid treatment for burns, scalds and sunburn. A decoction of the root is ingested in the treatment of toothache. The skin of tomato fruits is a good source of lycopine, a substance that has been shown to protect people from heart attacks. It seems to be more effective when it is cooked and so can be obtained from food products such as tomato ketchup and tinned tomatoes. Lycopine has also been shown to have a very beneficial effect upon the prostate and is being used increasingly to treat enlarge prostate and the difficulties in urination that accompany this disorder. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of rheumatism and severe headaches.

Other Uses: Insecticide; Repellent.

A spray made from tomato leaves is an effective but very poisonous insecticide. It is especially effective against ants but should be used with great caution because it will also kill beneficial insects and, if ingested, is toxic to humans.

Known Hazards: All green parts of the plant are poisonous.