Italian Heirloom Tomato
- Best-selling slicing tomato
- Winner of SSEs 2012 Tomato Tasting
- Bright red fruits grow to over 1 pound
- Excellent full tomato flavor
- Extremely productive
- Ideal for slicing and canning—very little waste and easy to peel
- Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
- 70-80 days from transplant
Winner of SSE’s 2012 Tomato Tasting. Outstanding variety from Italy. Plants are loaded with red fruits weighing over a pound. One of the most productive varieties we have grown at Heritage Farm. Excellent full tomato flavor. Ideal for slicing and canning—very little waste and easy to peel. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant.
Learn to Grow Italian Heirloom Tomato
Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
Germination: 7-14 Days
Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
Ratings & Reviews
large fruits, great taste
by Ohio zone 6
I love this tomato. It produces huge, meaty tomatoes that can be used on a sandwich, fresh eating, or in sauces. This plant will get huge and the weight of the large tomatoes must be supported. Don’t use those cheap “tomato cages”. Love the quality of seeds from SSE. The seeds all germinated easily. I will grow this one every year.
Fragile and sensitive plants.
by Cody Bronk
Started these seeds 10 weeks ago, so can't speak of the fruit yet. What I can speak to is the plant hardiness. They were slow growers from out the gate. Started 20 varieties this year and this and the Salvaterra Select are the poorest performing by far. Plants are willowy and seem to overeact to even minimal changes in temp or having slightly too wet or dry soil. Crossing my fingers on how they will perform out of doors. Not very optimisticPut them in a mostly shady spot for 30 min when that read 65° and they looked suicidal upon my first inspection. Brought them in immediately. My Cherokee Purple, Brandywines (purchased here also) and the rest that went on the same field trip stayed out most of that day and the next. They are all looking glorious!
Sensitive to hardening off...
I agree with Cody, that these seem more sensitive than other varieties. I am still in the indoor phase with mine, but after setting out a couple days to harden off (in filtered sunlight, minimal wind, and short time bursts), they come in looking TERRIBLE (yellowing leaves, wilting) while all of the other plants that were out with them look fine. Maybe it's a water or nutrient issue, but the conditions have been the same for my other varieties and they are doing fine. Perhaps they just need an even slower hardening off process---hoping for good things once they are actually in the soil! :)
Great Canning and Sauce Tomato
Excellent tomato for making sauce at the end of season and canning but also wonderful used fresh. These tomatoes can get large and meaty and with low amounts of seeds and pulp they are a breeze to process. Plants are a bit more spindly than others BUT with proper care and fertilization and plenty of compost at beginning of season have potential to grow big and produce lots of tomatoes. This is the only one I grow yearly for sauce, canning and everything Italian. I LOVE this tomato! I grow this in Utah zone 6.
I bought these and the Gold Medal variety to plant in my garden- I live just south of Houston Texas. This variety was slower to grow and less healthy than the Gold Medal... they're catching up height and health wise, but the fruit are ripening at the size of a grape!!! They taste fine, but they're not at all what I'd hoped for. In our climate I have to watch for things that aren't as heat/humidity tolerant, but I've never had a tomato struggle like these have. My hopes were so high that they would actually be good for slicing and canning... dang it!