Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'San Marzano') in the Tomatoes Database

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Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Red
Flesh Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Plum
Fruit Size: Medium
Leaf Type: Regular-Leaf
Tomato Plant Height: 5 feet
Best Uses: Canning
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Late
Days to Maturity: 80 days
Miscellaneous: Heirloom
History: The San Marzano is an old Italian variety of paste tomato first documented in 1894 in the USDA yearbook of Agriculture. It was a deliberately thin skinned variety for the peeled tomato market in Italy.
Country: Italy

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.

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Rediscovering TomatoesRediscovering Tomatoes
January 16, 2013

What could you compare to a ripe tomato, fresh from the garden? Tomatoes are consistently one of the most popular edible garden plants, grown all over the world, yet most people have only tried a bland handful of the thousands of varieties available. For decades tomato availability was controlled by canning, shipping, and mechanical harvesting and processing needs, but now we're finally seeing a return to the flavors, textures, and versatility that made tomatoes so compelling in the first place.

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Posted by Kevs (Missouri City, TX - Zone 9a) on Apr 3, 2016 1:16 AM

I just purchased this plant today. I heard about it on the ATP podcast. I can't wait to see how they come out.

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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on May 12, 2015 2:24 PM

This ripened well for me with good yield, but I found the flavor to be bland and a bit on the mushy side.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Jul 31, 2015 7:12 PM

This is my first year growing San Marzano. I simply had to try it because of the people recommending it in the Fruit and Veggies Forum. I compare it to Roma, maybe slightly larger but similar taste, at least when fresh. Very dry. No seeds. I will have to use these for stewed tomatoes this year and see how they turn out.

In my opinion, they work well for fresh salsa if you mix them with some more juicy, slicer-type tomatoes.

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