Reif Italian Heart

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Reif Italian Heart
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape heart
Fruit size large
Fruit type paste, slicer, cooking
Variety type


Indet. vigorous plant with wispy regular foliage and droopy appearance, and huge flowers that produce very large red heart-shapes fruits, from 9.5 oz to 1+ lb, which are sweet and have great flavor. The fruits that set in the heat of summer can have empty seed cavities and drier flesh, I like the early fruits the best. Although Carolyn Male notes that it is the same variety as Reif Red Heart, I found them different growing these two side-by-side. The Reif Italian Heart strain has larger blooms and larger fruits, and does not have such a bright red color as the Reif Red Heart strain I grew in 2007.

Seed source:

Howard Essl, Maryland 07 / Johnny's Selected Seeds 97

Year grown: 2006

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


90 days, indet., regular leaf plant with a fair yield of 1 lb, red, heart shaped fruit, excellent flavor.
WI MI B 96 (Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin)

Location: Oblong, Illinois


  • Family heirloom from Italy; seeds collected by J. Reif, Pennsylvania, from an elderly Italian man.

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