The ultimate Italian tomato collection & more!
2018 pricing – All tomatoes are $4 each and have 25 seeds per pack
10 Dita di Napoli – “Ten fingers of Naples” – This is a very old heirloom variety, which produces huge quantities of medium 6 ounce elongated fruit in clusters, pointed fruit reaching 5-6 inches in length. Fruits are produced in bunches, seemingly 10 fingers of hands of cylindrical tapering red fruit with an acidic flavor and firm flesh.
Canestrino – These are fairly common in Lucca where they are grown specifically for a sauce tomato. Let these get real ripe on the vine and make sauce that day when you pick them, they are out of this world just like from your Grandma’s Italian kitchen.
Chico Bella Garfagnana – One of the two top tomatoes for production and flavor. These beauties ranked high in all taste tests and were producing late into the season. A definite winner and a beautiful rosy color. 16-20 ounce fruits. In the kitchen: They were great for passata and fresh eating. ***SOLD OUT***
Corleone (Ribbed) & (Plump) – These were found with some super ribbed and some not so ribbed. The gene pools were isolated and kept apart to have a more ribbed version of the Corleone, and as I preferred the more upright lightly ribbed plum. In the kitchen: These broke down very easily and made a wonderful sauce, in the top ten.
Costoluto Fiorentino – “Beefsteak type from Florence” – Red, 12-16 ounces slightly flattened fruit. Outstanding taste. Large vigorous Indeterminate plant with good production. This makes a really nice sauce.
Costoluto Pesarese – Ribbed Beefsteak of Pesaro A ribbed tomato and slightly flattened, marked by obvious ribs and fairly compact, large tomato. Soft flesh and the taste is pleasantly aromatic. Little is known about this micro climate varietal, but it is clear they are a rare variety. Production area: Urbino area of the Pesaro region. In the kitchen: Ideal for salad, best eaten raw. These were chosen best in show at the 2015 PSH tasting.
Cuore di Bue Albenga – “Ox Heart of Albegna” – It was introduced into Europe at the beginning of the 16th century. Also called Ligurian Pear of Albenga. Large variety, ribbed, heart-shaped. Once considered bad, in the ‘80s it began to be appreciated for its special qualities of dry pulp, few seeds, and little juice. The color ranges from pinkish to red-orange and sweet.
Datterino Marchetti – “Little Dates” – This bright red tomato has the oblong shape of a date palm, reminiscent of its name desert fruit name. It has a high sugar content that makes it sweet and fragrant, with few seeds and a thin skin. The plant grows in single or double clusters with growing in herringbone formation, each bunch producing 8 to 14 tomatoes. ***SOLD OUT***
Evan’s Red Market Plum – Collected in the city of Asti, these pointy 8 ounce red sauce tomatoes with green shoulders are tasty on the vine for a long time. They made a tasty fresh sauce reminiscing of strawberries. Could use some more selection for the shape you want, some were more plum shaped than others.
Ficarazzi – A strange little 8 ounce tomato with a great flavor just not that appealing to the eye. These unusual tomatoes usually have stayed in production despite the shape, it’s the flavor that matters for the Italians.
Genovese Cimelo Liguria – One of the highest producing flat round green shouldered with exceptional flavor. The loved the heat and were another earlier and late season bloomer. Good 12 ounce flattened fairly uniform light red.
Gigante di Rotonda – “Giant Round Tomato” – This ancient variant of the Cuor di Bue, is quite sweet, aromatic, very fleshy, and contains few seeds, the flavor of that of a long lost antique tomato. The color is a beautiful red, even slightly purple, lighter in the ribs and their form can vary from ribbed to almost heart shaped. It contains few seeds, consists of many lobes, the skin comes off very easily from the pulp which is fleshy and abundant, with a sweet note that prevails the acidity and has a distinctive aroma. This tomato size is truly remarkable and can reach up to 3 pounds. In the kitchen: The giant tomatoes are great in salads or served on a bruschetta accompanied by olive oil.
Pantano Romanesco – The shape of the fruit is round yet flattened, slightly ribbed, similar to Costoluto Genovese but not quite as flat, is brilliant-red with an almost purple hint, with meaty interiors bursting with rich and complex flavors. Deep red fruits, quite firm, medium to large size. Vigorous plants. ***SOLD OUT***
Perino Giallo – The little yellow pear tomato that got away. These were originally marked as Belmonte until growing out revealed that these were the little misshapen yellow that were on the list that weren’t tagged! ***SOLD OUT***
Piennolo del Vesuvio – One of the oldest tomatoes and most traditional of the Vesuvius region, of oval or slightly plum-shaped with a pointed apex, frequent ribbing towards the stalk and thick skin of ruby red, high consistency pulp, and lively flavor intense and sweet- sour.
Pomodorino d ’ischia – One of the great drying and fresh eating 1 inch red plum tomatoes. Buon appetito, e ci vediamo alla pros-sima, sempre da Ischia, ciao ciao! “Good appetite, and see you next time, always from Ischia, bye bye!”
Principe Borghese – Very vigorous plant the small fruits are arranged in clusters , they have a round drop shape. Grows in clusters of small bright red oblong fruits that dry well, able to keep hanging all winter. Production area is the slopes of Vesuvius outside Naples In the kitchen: Great flavor in sauces and bruschetta.
Rosa di Benevento (Small ones are called “Tondino”) This tomato has a high concentration of vitamin C and is a compact and sweet variety. By far these were the most productive, every farm should grow these based on production value and flavor! In the kitchen: In Benevento, these tomatoes are prepared (with pureed tomatoes, abundant basil, pecorino, and whipped with mozzarella di bufala cream), in a traditional pasta called “Scarpariello” made with saragolla, an ancient durum wheat flour that dates back to the Middle Ages.
Rosa di Sorrento – Particular to Sant’Agnello and Piano, it’s a 1 pounder with a round shape to be a light red color fading into pink with green hues. It has a delicious pulp, meaty and compact with a delicate and sweet taste. ***SOLD OUT***
Yellow Piennolo of Serbia – Small pointed 1 ounce yellow cherry. One the relatives to the red version, this one originally is from Serbia but grown in heavy production as a drying tomato in Southern Italy. In the kitchen: Love these dried but they are juicy enough for fresh eating in salads.
MORE NON-ITALIAN TOMATOES
Aurora Blue – ***NEW 2018 One of the best Tom Wagner selections in years. A favorite and well adapted to the Northwest. Huge loads of beautiful jewels with balanced flavor. Number one in 2017 trials.
Matt’s Wild Cherry – A perfect small cherry tomato with a huge amount of acidity. A great addition to the garden. Genetically linked to wild Mexican tomatoes from the state of Hidago. Indeterminate
Dagmas Perfection – From the Tomatoville line this was a random cross found by Dagma Lacy and it really earns it name. Its a pounder tomato with some smaller 8 ounce, ivory colored with a pink ribbon in the middle. Overall favorite white colored each year.
Mallorquin – Smaller plants with regular foliage, medium perfectly shaped pink fruits, with green shoulders 6-8 oz. Perfect market tomato. Collected from Farmer Roberta in Italy. Flavor is very fine rand balanced. Keeps very nicely after picking.
Russian Lime – Beautiful russian heirloom yields bell-shaped, 2 x 3-inch, lemon-yellow, plum-shaped, meaty tomatoes with a pointed end and few seeds. Produced in clusters . In the Kitchen: Great for a flavorful yellow tomato sauce!
Yellow San Marzano – Much like the Russian Lime but larger bell-shaped, 2 x 5-inch, lemon-yellow, plum-shaped, meaty tomatoes with a pointed end and few seeds. Produced in clusters . In the Kitchen: Great for a flavorful yellow tomato sauce!
Golden Grape – One of the heaviest yielding tomatoes we’ve ever grown. This cherry tomato bears hundreds and hundreds of golden grape-shaped fruit. The skin is thin while the flesh tastes sharp and tart yet sweet.
Roughwood Golden Plum – A William Woys Weaver collection. “The paste with the taste.” This tomato took William ten years to stabilize. it is a cross between “Yellow Brandywine” and “San Marzano”. The fruits are 3-4” in length. Nice and meaty!
Hartman’s Yellow Gooseberry – Believed to be the same yellow cherry as listed by seedsmen since pre-1830s, this was reintroduced by the John Hartman Seed Company. The very long vines bear clusters of 1-inch “Gooseberries” that are sweet, mild, tasty and light golden- yellow in color.
Pink Boar – Sweet juicy fruits perfect for slicing in salads.. Deep pink skin is stunning with contrasting olive stripes and luscious deep red flesh. An irresistible treat for chefs and farmers markets! From the Wild Boar series; bred by famer/breeder Brad Gates.
Porkchop – This is a true yellow that starts off yellow with green stripes which ripen to gold. The medium sized, slightly flattened beefsteaks have sweet tomato flavor with hints of citrus. Wild Boar farmer Brad Gates says it is the “best yellow I have ever had.”
Black Brandywine – This fine variety was sent to us by our friend, famed seed collector and food writer, William Woys Weaver, of Pennsylvania. It was passed down to him from his Quaker grandfather’s collection dating back to the 1920s. As to its history, Will states “The ‘true’ Black Brandywine was bred sometime in the late 1920s by Dr. Harold E. Martin (1888-1959), a dentist turned plant breeder who is best remembered today for his famous pole lima with huge seeds. Dr. Martin lived in Westtown, PA, only a few miles from my grandfather’s place in West Chester, and the two were gardening buddies. It was through that connection that his grandfather managed to wheedle seed out of the good doctor, as well as the details on how he created it. Dr. Martin always had a high opinion of his plant creations and did not like to share them. He charged 25 cents a seed for his lima, unheard of in those days. And he never released his Black Brandywine to a seed company, nor did he share it with many people, so I am fairly certain it never circulated among growers like his popular lima bean. According to my grandfather, Black Brandywine was a controlled cross between Brandywine and the original brown Beefsteak tomato otherwise known as Fejee Improved. Fejee Improved is probably extinct.” Superior for salsa and cooking.
Tatar Of Mongolistan – We could hardly resist growing this strangely shaped tomato, which has taste appeal in addition to a very fun name. The fruits are flattened in shape, somewhat like those “UFO” peaches you see in the produce section. 4 ounces with green shoulders.
Sheboygan – Grown since the early part of the 20th century in Sheboygan, Wisconsin by Lithuanian immigrants. It is a 4-6 oz. paste fruit that is good fresh or for canning. Its strong flavor is similar to other heirloom varieties rather than paste tomatoes. It has a nice complex flavor and great balance.
Blue Sun – A selection from years of segregation of hundreds of crosses that Tom Wagner sends me from time to time. These were one of the #1 standouts in all taste evaluations with the seedhouse for year after year. Finally a blue tomato with some flavor!
Boondocks – Luscious pink-purple beefsteak fruit grow to at least 1 lb., and have a superb, rich flavor, high in both sugar and acid. The tomatoes are smooth in shape and may be compared to those of Brandywine. Potato-leaved plants become large and are quite productive.
JD’s Special C Tex – Large, cracked, brownish-pink tomato that isn’t much to look at. But it’s one of the best-tasting tomatoes we’ve ever grown. The flavor is rich and sweet, with a fine texture, comparable to Cherokee Purple. Weighs 8-14 ounces. It is believed to be a cross between Brandywine and an unknown black tomato, stabilized by JD Brann of Conroe, TX.
Opalka – A long, pepper-shaped type with fruits that grow to 4 to 6″ long, clustered in groups of 2 to 5. So sweet and refreshing, it can be eaten straight off the vine, but is highly prized for sauces and canning.
Grandma Aiello – Medium-sized pink-red heart-shaped fruit with tender skin, juicy and delicious. This rare variety was brought from Calabria Italy by Maria Mazzie Aiello in 1929, and has been grown and saved by her family for three generations. Sent to us by Maria’s granddaughter Nicala Aiello.
Galapagos Islands – This is one of two wild tomato species endemic to the Galapagos Islands, and the only one that is edible! This small grape sized yellow-orange tomato was found growing right along the seafront, just feet from the ocean in rocky, exposed and in almost soil-less conditions.
Franchi Red Pear – Old North Italian variety specially selected by Franchi Sementi. It is a red, pear-shaped beefsteak. An outstanding producer of huge 8-18 ounce very tasty fruit. Great fresh eating. Early for such a large plant. This is not the small pear shaped tomato.
Djeena Lee’s Golden Girl – Family heirloom of Djena Lee since the early 1920s. Won first prize at the Chicago Fair 10 years in a row! Introduced by SESE 1987. Djena (pronounced “Zshena”) was part Indian and granddaughter of Minnesota financier Jim Lee. She grew this tomato in Minnesota and on moving to Illinois in 1929 gave plants to Reverend Morrow (then 15 years old) who nurtured this variety and kept it alive. Beautiful golden-orange fruits, one of the most appetizing golden tomatoes we have grown. 8 oz fruits. Delicious flavor, rich balance of sweetness and tangy.
Kosovo – Plants have a slightly willowy leaf growth habit and reach six-eight feet. Their fruits are pink, fleshy, and varying in shape — heart, double-heart, and large, flat shapes — all on the same plant, averaging one to two pounds in weight. A very tasty slicer-type variety. Rated very high each year in the tastings.
Noire Charbonneuse – Means black like coal , great cold weather results and a tasty tomato! Was one of the earlier larger 1 pound fruits. ***SOLD OUT***
White Wonder – This ivory-white beefsteak is an easy one to grow, and it produces medium-size 8-12 ounce fruits with super-sweet flavor and low acid. A delicious, knockout addition to your sliced tomato platters and sandwiches. Good canner too.
Malakhitovaya Shkatulka – The translated name means “Malachite Box,” named after the lovely green boxes that are made from this mineral that comes from the Ural mountains and other areas. This early, light-to-olive green, medium-sized tomato has succulent bright green flesh that is very flavorful and tasty. Plants are productive even in the North, as this variety was developed at Svetlana Farm in Russia, and it has been tested in Siberia!
Red Fig – They have been grown in America since the 18th century. The Red Fig is an heirloom tomato named for a sweet delicacy that was made with this tomato and popular in the mid 1800s. Historically they were dried and packed away for winter use in substitute of figs.
Rio Grande – The University of California developed this variety to thrive in hot, humid weather; the USDA received the final product in 1994. Gardeners in southern regions appreciate this excellent tomato as one of the best paste tomatoes available for hot climates.
Chocolate Stripes – Very large regular-leaf tomato plants yield a plentiful crop of 3-4 inches, mahogany colored fruits with dark, olive green-striping similar to the black zebra. Fruits have delicious, complex, rich, sweet, earthy tomato flavors. A great sandwich tomato and salad tomato.
Sarah Purple – A more crack-resistant than Cherokee Purple tomato, with beautiful purplish-brown fruit with darker streaks in the flesh. Large fruits can grow up to 1 lb. with most averaging 12 oz. It is also earlier than some of the other black types.
1932 Burpee Seed Co says about Tangerine Tomato…
“This new main-crop tomato is as outstanding in quality as it is in appearance. The fruits are large and heavy, measuring 4″ in diameter. The are as deep as they are high and inclined to be somewhat angular. the thin skin is a beautiful rich orange-the color of a fully ripened tangerine. The flesh is mellow golden yellow of appetizing appearance. The flavor is delightful-rich and tasty, of a sub-acid piquancy that stimulates the appetite. The vines make abundant growth.”
Violet Jasper – They have pretty violet-purple fruits with iridescent green streaks! Fruits weigh 1-3 ounces, are smooth and have good tasting, dark purplish-red flesh. This variety will also amaze you with its yield: it’s not only high, but incredibly high!
Anna’s Russian – This variety was passed down from Russian immigrants to folks living in Oregon in the 1980’s. Fast growing plants produce quantities of 8-16 oz, ox heart shaped fruit in clusters of 2 or 3 on wispy plants. The flavor is sweet, texture meaty and fruit is quite early.
Oregon Sunset Cherry – A side selection from a few years of breeding some multi colored cherries together. These these multi colored cherry tomatoes showed up and wasnt sure the parentage but they are great and have amazing balanced flavor.
Gill’s All Purpose – A cross between Wasatch Beauty and Pepper tomato, Gill’s All-Purpose was bred in 1947 by the Gill Brothers Seed Company in Portland, Oregon. This tomato really does fit its name, as it is great for canning, juicing, slicing and fresh eating. Outstanding yields of 3-3 1/2 inch deep red fruit with rich tomato flavor.
Medford – Big, round, crack-resistant field tomatoes with good disease resistance. Perfectly rounded, solid uniform fruits with rich tomato flavor prized by Oregon growers. Plants have good leaf cover and prefer a cage rather than being staked or trellised. Bred by the late Dr. Tex Frazier of Oregon State University.