Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Costoluto Genovese

The tomato harvest is finally starting, and I've got to tell you that I am in LOVE with these costoluto heirloom tomatoes! Look at how pretty they are on the vine.

costoluto tomatoes ripening

They're even prettier off the vine, because that's when I get to eat them! This tomato is light on seeds and heavy on flavor. The juicy flesh is smoky and complex and the skin is tender but firm enough to hold up against insects and sun damage. It's the most interesting tomato I've ever tasted. These guys are going to make some awesome pasta sauce!

costoluto tomatoes

Costoluto Genovese is an Italian heirloom tomato, but it is not finicky like other heirlooms you may have grown. I have lost ZERO tomatoes due to blossom end rot, and ZERO tomatoes have yet to rot on the vine. The undersides are smooth and even - no brainy-looking lumps like some heirlooms produce.

costoluto tomatoes

We sowed these seeds indoors in late February and set the plants out in mid-May. The seed packet claims 78 days from setting out transplants to harvesting fruit, which was just about the time the first tomato was ripe enough to eat. Costoluto is supposed to continue producing through the hot days of Summer right into Fall, and I hope that is true, because I want to savor every bite of these guys!

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At 9:40 AM , Blogger Tami said...

They are beautiful and so red!

At 8:50 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

WOW! i'm so impressed by their color. i feel like i could eat them right off the screen! i found your post through Google, i write a blog about what's going on in and around Asheville. i love 'meeting' other asheville bloggers out there on the 'net! Take care :)


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