Salvaterra's Select Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum | SKU: 0166A
$3.25 to $34.00
  • Organic
  • 70-80 days from transplant
  • From the Collection Variety 2018

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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
  • Salt

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.