I tried a new variety of tomato this year. Well, new for me, lol! It is the "San Marzano" tomato from Italy. San Marzano Tomatoes are a plum tomato variety. They are a household name when it comes to making tomato sauce in Italy. They’re also particularly suitable for preparing peeled tomatoes, canned tomatoes, or dried tomatoes. In fact, skin comes off so easily from San Marzanos that they’re sometimes called, “The King of Peeled.”
They're named for their origin, certified San Marzano tomatoes
are grown in Campania, a region of southern Italy just above the toe of
the boot, called Sarnese Agro-Nocerino (Valle del Sarno or valley of
the Sarno). Those grown and processed in the valley of Sarno in
compliance with Italian law are stamped with “D.O.P.” emblem on the can
label, which means "Denominazione di Origine Protetta." Don't ask me, thats a little bit more than I really needed to know. I just though maybe some of you smart fellers out there would want to know, lol! The taste of “genuine” San Marzanos is said to be, because they are grown in volcanic, rich
soil and the Mediterranean climate.
Mostly here in the U.S. we have grown "Roma's"for the same Reasons and uses. Grammie always had a row or two of Roma's in her garden to can. In looking up some differant facts on "San Marano's". I found a great web site that tells you everything from facts and History to Recipes for your tasting www.sanmarzanotomatoes.org ! And of coarse I recieved my seeds from Botanical Interests.
I personally love them. I am gonna try to hold seeds back and get them used to the good ol' West "By Golly" Virginia soil and environment. While we don't have the volcanic soil and Mediterranean climate, we do have all kinds of coal rich soil and a power plant down the river that could make the water warmer....Okay, I guess I am stretching it a little but maybe after a few years they will adapt better, lol! So if you are looking to try a different heirloom next year try San Marzano's, good luck!
Daniel 4:12 Its leaves were lovely, Its fruit abundant, And in it was food for all.