Wednesday, May 30, 2012

PRINCIPE BORGHESE TOMATO

We have been eating tomatoes at every meal. The crop this year has been early, undamaged by either hornworms or leaf footed bugs. That's a first.


Among the seed packets that we received last year at the Seattle Fling was a packet of Principe Borghese tomatoes. I usually grow some kind of Italian tomato for roasting and freezing and this seemed like a good substitute to try. The plants have done well and make large trusses of small fruits.


I made the first batch today for use in pastas during the winter. What is not to love about a roasted tomato; deliciously rich in flavor and these do not disappoint in the flavor department. I will say the skins are tougher than I would like but that maybe the result of the continuously hot weather we have had since they were put in the ground.


It suggests on the packet that these tomatoes are good for drying on the vine. I have my doubts that our climate is dry enough for such a treatment. For now I will roast and freeze.

11 comments:

  1. I still have those seeds. They're in the refrigerator. I wonder if I should start seeds for a fall crop, or wait until winter for next spring? They look great!

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    1. I am going to start some more for a fall crop.

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  2. How many plants of these do you have?

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    1. I had about 6 plants and plan to start some more for the fall.

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  3. I'll admit it - I am jealous! We've had so many tomatoes stolen this year by squirrels. My sense of victory at getting plants started earlier has been tempered quite a bit.

    Those tomatoes look like they'd be awesome mashed on top of bruschetta. I applaud your foresight in putting them away for later in the year - those will be a great hit of summertime to savor once it cools off again. (It WILL cool off again - right?!?)

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  4. Just started eating garden tomatoes the past couple weeks too, and there's so many coming on that I think I'll try roasting some this year -- great reminder!

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  5. Things just seem to be behind here. I have lots of tomatoes, but none are ripe...even though I potted them up to bigger and bigger pots, before putting them in the ground.
    Also, I've picked off several hornworms just this week..grrr.
    Those look wonderful frozen. I've never had enough to hold over for another season.

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  6. A good crop!!
    I've never roasted tomatoes to freeze, but I must try!

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  7. The tomatoes are beautiful! We have plenty of green ones coming on-Big Boys- and 2 that may be ready to eat in the next day or so. We can't wait! Also planted some jelly beans tomatoes and a yellow one also. All doing well but no ripe ones yet! Carol

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  8. Nana

    Hey. There is one missing!

    Love Vivian

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    1. Well spotted Vivian. I was just testing them.

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