Salvaterra's Select Tomato
- 70-80 days from transplant
- From the Collection Variety 2018
Winner of our 2017 Tomato Tasting - Paste/ Sauce division. The great meaty texture is paired with tangy, sweet flavor that make it an ideal sauce tomato. Fruits measure 2½-3¾". At Seed Savers Exchange (zone 4B), it was a bit later maturing but had above average productivity. Grown by Charles Salvaterra since the early 1980s, this heirloom tomato has been shared within the Hazleton, Pennsylvania community since the 1950s. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant.
Sugo: Juice of Life
The Italian word "sugo" means both "juice of life" and a tomato-based pasta sauce. To call something "sugo" is to say it is rich, interesting, and worthy. Recipe from Seed Savers Exchange intern and Italian chef, Robin Morgan.
- 15 (medium) paste tomatoes (like Salvaterra’s Select)
- 2 onions
- 2 cloves garlic
- Fresh or dried oregano
- Fresh or dried basil
- Olive oil
Chop onions and garlic cloves into tiny pieces and gently cook in a pot with salt and olive oil until they soften. Meanwhile, remove the peduncle attachment (stem) from your tomatoes and cut tomatoes into one-inch pieces. Add the cut tomatoes to the pot, and cook for 30 minutes. Blend the entire contents of the pot using an immersion blender, adjust salt, add herbs (let it rest for 15 minutes, if possible) and enjoy.
Seed Savers Exchange is honored to bring this variety out of our bank and into the hands of gardeners.
Ratings & Reviews
Mislabeled seed packet ? ? ?
Not sure what I received but it is not Salvaterra. Right now the fruit is large, round, and getting bigger every day.
Hope they are great for sauce
I haven’t tried these yet, they’re still maturing on the plant. They are positively massive. Largest tomato in my garden. For whatever reason, I thought these were roma tomatoes. They’re not.
Great flavor for eating fresh or for sauce
This is the best roma I have ever grown! It was my second variety to produce of the 4 varieties I planted. The tomatoes are large for a sauce tomato and very meaty. The flavor is outstanding! This is my new go-to for sauce tomatoes (well, as long as I don't eat them all fresh first...).
I'm pretty sure these got crossed with something else. I have a few of them going, with almost all being way too big and too round. The flavor is still good, I'm just using them as slicers for the most part, but they are definitely prone to cracking. I almost like the idea of a variety that could be used as a sauce or a slicer equally well but im disappointed to get something different than i expected.
Prone to Cracking
Planted two consecutive years. Very poor harvest because they cracked & rotted or became infested with picnic beetles before ripening enough to eat.
This years favorite.
Beautiful fruit. Largest was just under one pound and now of course the dry weather is causing smaller fruits. Great flavor for slicing and canning. Ours have not cracked.
Love this tomato
by Ellen zone 3 Northern MN
This is not a Roma tomato. I think the picture is throwing some people off. Yes, some of the tomatoes are shaped like the picture, but many are roundish. And these babies are huge! Many were over 1 lbs. They have been excellent for sauce and slicing. I grew these in a hoop house. Little to no cracking. They handle the heat well, but also survived the temps in the hoop house dropping to 30 for two hours last week. These plants grew to over 6 ft tall and need heavy staking. Most plants had upwards of 20 lbs of tomatoes on them. Lots of flesh, few seeds. This will be my go to paste tomato.