Speckled Roman Tomato
- Red fruits with orange and yellow stripes
- Meaty flesh with very few seeds
- Great tomato taste
- Ideal for processing and fresh eating
- Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
- 85 days from transplant
Developed by SSE member John Swenson as a result of a stabilized cross of Antique Roman and Banana Legs, and introduced into the 1999 Yearbook. Gorgeous 5" long fruits with jagged orange and yellow stripes. Meaty flesh with few seeds. Great tomato taste, ideal for processing and fresh eating. Very productive. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.
Learn to Grow Speckled Roman 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
Almost as fun to look at as they are to eat!
Great full flavor, almost nutty. Firm flesh is great for pico de gallo and sauces.
Sets fruit in hot and dry weather.
In 2014 I bought some of these seeds and was very happy with the results. In 2019 I had exactly 4 seeds left, they all germinated. I saved seeds from some of the tomatoes from one of those plants. In 2020 tomatoes are true to type. Furthermore, it's been 95 to 110 degrees here for the last 6 to 8 weeks and this plant has not stopped producing and setting fruit! Beautiful fruit, mostly flesh with some seeds and not watery, and delicious flavor. Makes a great tomatoe sauce. If you live in a hot dry climate, 9a inland Southern California, I very much recommend!
My favorite paste tomato by far!
These are the best paste tomatoes I've ever grown (and I've grown quite a few!) Sturdy plants that bear well, a nice tasty meaty fruit (my husband even uses them for sandwiches!) Easy to core and skin for canning. Good resistance to disease. Just a great all-around paste tomato.
The plants are a lot better than they look
These plants always look a bit weak and gangly compared to all other tomato varieties I've grown, but they produce very well. The skin is a bit thick but this is a delicious tomato I've grown for 5 years and keep coming back.