Costoluto Genovese Tomato History
An early 19th century Italian variety. 6 ounce red fruits are flattened and heavily pleated with intense tomato flavor and a high acid content. Prolific and great for canning or juice. Costoluto Genovese tomatoes have been treasured in Italy for generations, and are a popular ingredient in family recipes for pasta sauce and paste. They were planted at Thomas Jefferson’s home in Monticello, where he pioneered cultivation of the relatively unfamiliar fruit starting in 1809.
Growing Tomato Seeds
Tomato plants are tender warm-season crops and cannot bear frost. It’s important not to put plants in the ground too early. In most regions, the soil is not warm enough to plant tomatoes outdoors until late spring and early summer except in zone 10, where they are a fall and winter crop. Tomatoes are sun worshipers. In northern regions, tomato plants will need at least 6 hours of sunlight. In southern regions, light afternoon shade (natural or applied, e.g., row covers) will help tomatoes to survive and thrive. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep in small trays. omatoes can be direct-sown in the garden at 1/2-inch depth—but not before the soil is at least 55°F. Note that 70°F soil is optimum for maximum germination within 5 days. Be certain that your growing season is long enough to bring the plants to maturity.
Preserving And Storing Tomato Plants
Supremely ripe, juicy summer tomatoes are worth waiting for, but with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can save that great tangy flavor to enjoy later in the year. Can, freeze, dry, or just simply cook down tomatoes with the methods below. Some of these methods require a bit of time, but none require special skills or anything terribly complicated. Click here to learn more
Costoluto Genovese Heirloom Tomato Recipe
Come home with a ridiculous amount of tomatoes? Are your tomato plants ripening at break-neck speed? Try these quick ways—each takes less than 10 minutes—to work through the bounty of tomatoes. Click Here for this amazing recipe.
Tomato Nutrition Facts
Here are the nutrients in a small (100-gram) raw tomato: Calories, Water, Protein, Carbs, Sugar, Fiber, Fat
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