Costoluto Genovese Tomato
From Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
Common Name: Costoluto Genovese Tomato
Scientific Name: Lycopersicon lycopersicum cv
Description: Tender garden vegetable; Flattened, deeply lobed and scalloped, bright rich red fruits; Soft in texture, juicy and slightly tart
Size: Indeterminate vines; space caged plants 24 to 36 inches apart
Cultural Information: Prefers rich, sweet garden loam and full sun
Historical Notes: The Costoluto Genovese tomato is an Italian heirloom tomato variety. Its heavily lobed and often convoluted shape is indicative of early nineteenth century tomato varieties, but makes an oddity in today's vegetable garden. The Costoluto Genovese's stellar flavor is intense and acidic. Because of its odd shape, this tomato is best for sauces and pastes where the skin is removed.
- ↑ This article is based on a Center for Historic Plants Information Sheet.