"Gildo is meaty enough to use as a paste, peels very easily, so would make a good canner, and tasty enough that there is nothing left of the total of 2 1/2 lbs that was prepared for a supper for four. Slightly sweet, tomatoey, and full flavored." - Dan McMurray
I've grown this now over three seasons and each year I am nothing short of 'wowed'! The original description that was included with the seeds that were sent to Mr. Lemasters described fruits that were consistently around the 3 pound mark. Later descriptions indicate them being much smaller - under a pound. In my three years of growing them, they averaged 1 lb. + with many being larger, rather than smaller.
Production is above average for such large fruits. Plants were disease resistant and drought tolerant.
HISTORY: Originally from Italy, seed was brought to the US in the 1950's by a gentleman named Gildo Pietroboni, who passed away in the mid-1990's. The seeds were passed from Mr. Pietroboni to his son, whose friend shared them with Ferp Necciai of Monongahela, Pennsylvania. Ferp Necciai sent some seeds to David Lemasters of Pennsylvania in 2009, and David shared a few of the original seeds with some tomato gardeners and SSE members.
GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
LEAF TYPE: Regular; Wispy
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Heart
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
ORIGIN: Italian heirloom