Thursday, September 5, 2013

San Marzano Tomatoes

 The Italian sauce tomato. Long a treasured heirloom, the San Marzano is also (and has been for nearly a century) the most important commercial tomato in Italy. Thick flesh, few seeds and a distinct full flavored almost bittersweet taste these thin red fruits are the only ones "allowed" to sauce "true Neopolitan pizza." Though my garden can't match the unique terroir of Campania's volcanic soil, I'm still looking forward to canning and making my own sauce with these lovely red heirlooms.

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