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‘Costoluto Genovese’* is an heirloom tomato from Italy that has been relished for decades throughout the Mediterranean that originated in the Riviera area. This variety is particularly popular in Piedmont which is famous for its tomato sauce. It was listed in the catalog ‘Fratelli Franchi’ in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy in 1941. Donated to USDA 2010 by Esther van der Knaap of Ohio State University and Robert Price Ohio, USA. Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN)** Accession number for this tomato is G 33013.
Red, medium to large-sized fruits weighing 6-10oz./180-270g are borne on indeterminate vines with regular leaf foliage. The fruit has a deeply ribbed, heavily lobed, and fluted exterior with a meaty, full-flavored slightly tart and delicious taste. The scalloped edges look stunning when arranged on a dish. A favorite in Italy for fresh eating and preserving and popular among chefs for its robust flavor and high acidity. This variety is heat and humidity tolerant making it great for growing in dry climates. Susceptible to Verticillium and Fusarium Wilt. Fruits will mature late in the season, 85 days after transplant.
*’Costoluto’ means ‘ribbed’ in Italian.
*** Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN) documents plant, animal, and microbial collections through informational pages and searchable databases. GRIN is operated by the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory in Beltsville, MD, USA.