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Old March 7, 2019   #1
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Default Aurora de Constanta

Looks like it might be a bicolor from the only post I could locate on this tomato, and it had a small photo with no description. On many grow lists. Does anyone have info to share?


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It should be pink or red, certainly not bicolor, not sure there are any actual romanian heirlooms that are bicolor.
Aurora kinda became a known name for tomatoes, like Inima de Bou (ox heart), so you can have many beefsteaks that are large under that name lately (just like oxheart nowadays is anything big, not just hearts). In my region they are known to be pink (I'm not from around Constanta however).


This trend started since some years ago, 10, maybe 15, where people just got transplants from the market and they were labeled as such, but what you got varied wildly from vendor to vendor. Imagine any black tomato being sold as Cherokee Purple because it's a known name, you'd have people arguing about which one is the real one after a few years.
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Old March 7, 2019   #3
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Hi,

It is a Romanian hairloom.

The location is Constanta (Constantza), a town on Black Sea side
Here, a lady gardener (her name is Aurora) grows this variety for about 30 years
It is indeterminate, season red oxheart, 8-10 oz, well-balanced tomatoey flavors, good for paste, normal leaf.
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Thank you both for the information. I'm sure it will be useful to others. How fun, I associated the name of the tomato with The Aurora Borealis. I thought it might be something exotic with a multi color swirl to it. Instead a nice story of a dedicated gardener growing in an area that maintains locally grown plant varieties.

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