San Marzano Tomatoes

I am enjoying my little vegetable and herb garden so much this year. It’s so fun coming out each morning and checking to see what changes have gone on over night. I can’t believe I have eggplants growing, doctor and peppers and squash, cialis but the most exciting thing for me are my San Marzano tomatoes. I love making my own red sauce and I always use the Cento San Marzano tomatoes. They’re a lot more expensive but in my opinion they make the best sauce.

When I found the plants at my local nursery, capsule I was so excited! Now I have my very own san Marzanos growing in my garden!! This tomato plant is not nearly as tall as the rest of my tomatoes plants, but it’s a much sturdier plant, and I can see my little tomatoes starting to grown. I was curious and wanted to learn more about the region where they grow in Italy, and the history of this tomato. This is what I learned.

The story goes that the first seed of the San Marzano tomato came to Campania in 1770, as a gift from the Kingdom of Peru to the Kingdom of Naples, and that it was planted in the area that corresponds to the present commune of San Marzano. They come from a small town of the same name near Napes, Italy, and were first grown in volcanic soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. The volcanic soil is believed to act as a filter for water impurities. Compared to the Roma tomatoes, with which most people are familiar, Marzano tomatoes are thinner and pointier in shape. The flesh is much thicker with fewer seeds, and the taste is much stronger, more sweet and less acidic. Many people describe the taste as bittersweet, like high-quality chocolate, that’s good enough for me!! Because of their high quality and origins near Naples, San Marzano tomatoes have been designated as the only tomatoes that can be used for Vera Pizza Napoletana, true Neapolitan pizza.

Maybe next year you might want to try growing them too. I think you’ll love them like I do!

Happy gardening!!

Carole

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