FIRST PLACE WINNER - Tomato Fest 2017! Out of 274 varieties of tomatoes available for tasting (uncatagorized).
Last summer (2014), my friend Kenny brought me over a tomato that he had been bragging about. Taking a wedge off with his pocket knife, he says "Here, try it!"
WOW! Just wow!
If pushed against the wall, I will admit that this is probably my all-time favorite tomato. Dark red fruits average 3/4 of a lb, with average care. Meaty, with few seeds. Much more sweet than acid, yet still balanced, but certainly not tart.
My friend Pam Q, who's been growing a garden for decades has room for only 24 tomato plants. She told me this fall (2018) that she will now devote 12 spaces to Santa Maria from here on out. Yes, it's just that good.
I want to mention that while this is certainly a paste variety, it has just enough juice to be a 'cross-over' - meaning it's perfect for slicing up into salads, burgers or salsa, too!
HISTORY: Introduced by my dear friend, Remy, owner of The Sample Seed Shop. This heirloom originally hails from Italy and continues to be grown in the Buffalo, New York area. Looking for seeds, go straight to the source!
GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Paste
FRUIT SHAPE: Highly variabls but always pointed tip
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red
ORIGIN: Heirloom - Italy
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