Maybe our memories are exagerrated and tastier than the reality, but one thing I really miss is the lusciously red, ripe, meaty beefsteak tomato found in the U.S. at the farmer’s market. Oui, France has its version, bien sûr, but does the “coeur de boeuf” in France equal the garden variety “beefsteak” tomato? I was on a quest!
I went to the marché en plein air in Antibes and scouted the vendors’ stands for tomatoes: all shapes and sizes were available – I bought two different varieties that looked similar to beefsteak – one was priced at a hefty 9,50€ per kilo (about $6 per pound) but it looked like the real thing. I have tried “coeur de boeuf” and found them a little bland tasting, comparatively speaking, so maybe this would be ‘it’!
After slicing the tomatoes, I realized they weren’t the same red or as meaty, but it would be the taste that counts, right!?
So, what was the verdict? Well, it tasted like a tomato and was good, but it still lacked that deep, rich, full flavor I was craving.
So, my quest continues during the current tomato season, but maybe, just maybe, I’ll have to smuggle one from the US!
Photos from the town of Antibes & its market (hover over photo for caption)