Franchi Seeds 1783 Tomato San Marzano Naples Seeds

Franchi Seeds 1783 Tomato San Marzano Naples Seeds

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Description / Franchi Seeds 1783 Tomato San Marzano Naples Seeds

Overview

  • Growing habit: Indeterminate (cordon)
  • Approximate seeds quantity: @300
  • Sow from: February to April
  • Variety: Outdoor
  • Heritage variety.
  • Endangered - on the Slow Food 'Ark of Taste' 

A meaty, fragrant, classic Italian plum tomato from Naples weighing up to 80g! It has few seeds & very little water inside - ideal for cooking! Unlike mainstream, mass-produced hybrids normally sold, these tomatoes are delicate. Their thin skin and keep well after being preserved. Sauce made with these tomatoes does not release any acidity and sticks onto pasta.  That's why it’s commonly used in Passata, is linked to Neapolitan pizza Margherita & used in traditional Neapolitan ragù!  

 

Background

San Marzano tomatoes are grown like vines and are harvested seven, eight times or more from July to September, only when perfectly ripe and after sunset. After picking them up, the tomatoes are rinsed with water and put in the cans, then cooked for 13 minutes. Nothing else is needed: no additives, no preservatives. It will keep well for at least one year. 

Up to twenty years ago, San Marzano tomatoes were the main plant farmed in the fertile territory around Naples and the sarnese-nocerino countryside.

They were delicate with thin skin that needed to be handled with care. Due to diseases and high cultivation costs, more productive hybrids became widespread. Ones that were more resistant to diseases and more suitable for mechanized work. Since these inferior quality hybrids started being used by canning companies, the indigenous San Marzano has become endangered.

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