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Which Paste Tomato Should You Grow?

By Newyorkrita
March 5, 2014

Many of us grow paste-type tomatoes especially for cooking. Let's take a closer look at Roma and Viva Italia.

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Name: Joe
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Joebass
Mar 5, 2014 4:30 PM CST
How does San Marzano compare? I had good fruit from Roma last year but heard San Marzano is a preferred tomato for sauce. I am mostly looking for a sauce tomato.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Mar 5, 2014 5:13 PM CST
Joe, San Marzano, especially the "Redorta" variety, is a great plum/paste tomato. It's a bit larger than Roma and produces much longer, being an indeterminate vs the determinate Roma. It also doesn't seem to suffer from BER as easily as Roma does. I know some folks who grow it in Ct and NJ so maybe it'll do well for you in NY, too.

Rita, nice article!

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Newyorkrita
Mar 5, 2014 5:39 PM CST
Thanks Shoe. we will have to go with your advice on San Marzano as I have never grown it.
Name: Joe
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Joebass
Mar 5, 2014 6:12 PM CST
Oh yea and good article Rita!
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Newyorkrita
Mar 5, 2014 6:34 PM CST
thanks
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Mar 5, 2014 10:30 PM CST
I have also hear that Viva Italia is a better tasting roma tomato. Thanks for the article.
Soooo, I don't have to go to Italy for San Marzano.....

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Pamkenn
Mar 8, 2014 5:59 AM CST
I will definitely try Viva Italia if I can find it here in the North Country. I' do start from seeds and am excited to have scored some Big Momma seeds this year. Someone gave me one of these paste tomatoes as a seedling a few years ago and I have been looking ever since. Anyone else try it?

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