Tomato 'Neves Azorean Red'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Neves Azorean Red
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dothan, Alabama

Thomasville, Alabama

Tucson, Arizona

Springdale, Arkansas

Lakewood, California

Mountain View, California

Oceanside, California

San Luis Obispo, California

Westbrook, Connecticut

Miami, Florida

Canton, Georgia

Wonder Lake, Illinois

Lawrence, Kansas

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

University Place, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2016, zark from Elysburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Neves Azorean Red was again one of the top varieties in my garden. It was first or second best taste out of the sixteen varieties grown this year. Not a heavy producer for me, but I could not wait for the next one to slice onto a sandwich. The fruits seemed as sweet as some of the best pink toms I have had, with plenty of old fashion tomato taste. The plants stayed healthy for me right up till frost. I do apply fungicide to all the plants throughout the season. Azorean Red is on my plant every year list.


On Aug 4, 2014, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have been growing this for three years. Good (not great) tasting huge fruit on heavily loaded plants. Support them well. I have to pick mine when they are still pink to prevent chipmunk nibbles. I give a lot of tomatoes to friends and food banks, and this is always a favorite.


On Jul 15, 2014, CaliforniaGuy from Lakewood, CA wrote:

This was one of the healthier plants I grew the first time I tried it. The tomatoes are large, attractive, and decently productive. It seems to tolerate high heat for awhile longer than some of my other plants at least.

The second year I grew it, it didn't thrive as much in the heat of Summer. It still produced tomatoes that occasionally cracked a bit in the heat when I would pick them (using shears instead of pulling them off the bush by hand should alleviate this). This is probably my fault, as I was inconsistent on watering.

For me, the tomatoes are good tasting, but I generally prefer pink tomatoes over red, so I'd still recommend trying it. I slightly prefer red brandywine to this, but this is a good substitute if I can't find the r. brandywine and ... read more


On Jul 15, 2010, Grow_Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

No luck this year on this one all 6 transplants died a week to two weeks after transplant. I think the seedlings need a little extra hardening off time. I'm not giving up on it I will definitely try this one again next year because I had 100% germination. The seedlings where very strong looking with one of the thickest stalks out of all my tomato seedlings. No signs of diseases the leaves where very healthy even after death they had a very nice green to them.


On Jun 18, 2010, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

This is now one of my new favorites. May be the perfect beefsteak. Large, beautiful red fruits with a terrific taste and when cut it makes the most beautiful slices. The taste is wonderful with a terrific balance of flavors. Seems to do a fair job in resisting splitting even after a heavy rain. It has good production and is also setting fruit in heat near 100.


On Aug 11, 2009, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

This was my first year growing NAR and all I can say it "Wow!" It definitely lives up to the hype. The flavor is amazingly complex, well balanced, and bold. The plant had some problems with blight early on but recovered and is producing a decent crop. NAR is now one of my favorite tomatoes.


On Nov 3, 2007, kygreg2000 from Hopkinsville, KY wrote:

2007 was the first year to grow; great flavor; produced 20-25 fruits in the l lb range in a very hot and dry season; definite regrow;


On Feb 5, 2006, MichaelBates from Lawrence, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

Excellent flavor with a beautiful deep red colour. High yeilds of 1-2 lb fruits were a favorite of our market customers, we're doubling our production this year to keep up with demand.


On Jan 17, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Large, deep red, fairly uniform, crack resistant beefsteaks with very good flavor. Originally brought from the Azores by Anthony Neves.