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Paste Tomatoes

These tomatoes are the workhorse of the kitchen garden. When you think of canning, you think of paste tomatoes. Most of them are determinates which means they ripen their fruits all about the same time, making it convenient to put them up. They are meaty and dryer, with less seeds and most are an elongated shape.

San Marzano and Roma are names that folks are familiar with. I like Polish Linguisa and Amish Paste. Both are heirlooms and are quite tasty as well as being good for canning. Rocky is one of my new favorites. They are enormous, making it easy to slip the skins and fill up a quart jar using 3-4 fruits. They are later but well worth it. Another one I like for it’s beauty and color is the Roman Candle. Bright yellow with green stripes, easy to find in the foliage. San Marzano Redorta is a newer one for me. They are huge! Another one that is easy to can. Speckled Roman is very pretty, nice size, red streaked with light god stripes and very tasty in a salad. It has received good press lately.

AMISH PASTE

This one dates back to the turn of the century and is great for sauces and canning. It bears large 8 oz. deep red, paste type fruits with "real" tomato flavor. Indeterminate, main season


CREAM SAUSAGE

This is an elongated paste tomato that is creamy white to pale yellow in color. It lights up the garden. One of the first to ripen in my garden. With mild, sweet flavor, these bushy, compact plants are quite productive and would be perfect in a large pot. Try making salsa with this one to impress your friends with it's beautiful sunny color. Determinate, mid-season


JERSEY DEVIL

This is an elongated paste tomato that is creamy white to pale yellow in color. It lights up the garden. One of the first to ripen in my garden. With mild, sweet flavor, these bushy, compact plants are quite productive and would be perfect in a large pot. Try making salsa with this one to impress your friends with it's beautiful sunny color. Determinate, mid-season


CLASSICA

The plant produces high yields of 3  oz red pear-shaped tomatoes. They have thick walls and are very flavorful, It can be used in salads or eating fresh right off the vines. Also used to make tomato sauce. ½


LA ROMA

This is a hybrid of the Italian classic Roma, with better uniformity and vigor.High yields of 5 to 8-oz., bright red fruits. Superb disease resistance and adaptable almost anywhere. Ideal for pastes and sauces. Determinate mid-season

POLISH LINGUISA

Loaded with vitamins, fiber and potassium, but low in fat and sodium! (Unlike it's meat counterpart) This heirloom has vigorous plants that set more fruit than most heirlooms. Fruits can be really large and are pie-shaped. A big producer they are fabulous for canning and putting into salads. Indeterminate, mid-season


PURPLE RUSSIAN

This Ukranian heirloom is a delicious purplish, egg-shaped fruit that is smooth with a sweet flavor. One of the best varieties for fresh eating, and preserving. Plants are very prolific; fruits weigh about 6 oz. Indeterminate, mid-season


OPALKA

Fruits are richer and more flavorful than most paste tomatoes. They grow to 4 to 6", clustered in groups of 2 - 5. It can be eaten straight off the vine, but is highly prized for sauces and canning. Foliage is wispy but produces heavy crops. Indeterminate, mid-season


ROCKY

Good producer of 2 x 3 inch, 1 lb., plum-shaped, red, paste tomatoes. Sweet, tangy, meaty fruit. These tomatoes can get very large, not unlike the Polish Linguisa. One of the best flavored sauce tomatoes and great for canning. Intermediate, mid-season


ROMAN CANDLE

Beautiful, neon yellow fruits, some with green striping, are sweet with lots of flavor. These seem to glow on the plant. A tomato that originated as a 'sport' from Mr. John Swenson's Speckled Roman. Indeterminate, mid-season


SAN MARZANO REDORTA

San Marzano Redorta. This is a very large (10-12 oz) San Marzano type plum tomato. Large, vigorous plant. Real tomato flavor and good to eat fresh or make sauce. I have a customer who couldn't say enough good things about it Indeterminate, mid-season


ROMA

The number one choice for home canning and sauces for years. Fruits are medium sized and hang in large clusters. Perfect for canning. Determinate, mid-season


SAN MARZANO

This is the tomato favored by a lot professional chefs as the best tasting for sauces. Slightly later than Romas, they have excellent flavor and hang in large clusters. Holds will on the vine and has extra-high solids for canning. The fruits are slightly rectangular in shape. Indeterminate, mid-season


SPECKLED ROMAN

SSE member John Swenson, developed this cross of Antique Roman and Banana Legs. Orange-red, 5" long fruits are a speckled paste-type, marked by irregular yellow stripes. Meaty fruits have hearty, "real tomato" flavor and almost no seeds. Indeterminate, mid-season


VIVA ITALIA

Deep red oval with very solid flesh and a higher natural sugar content. This sugar coupled with ample acid make these tomatoes tastier for fresh eating, as well as for canning and freezing. Sets fruit better in hot weather than the Roma. Determinate, mid-season


SAUSAGE

Here's an unusually shaped tomato with fruits up to 6" long, like huge, red banana peppers. A prolific paste tomato, with fine flavored meat that is especially ideal for ketchup or sauces. Indeterminate, mid-season


WINDOW BOX ROMA

All the desirable qualities of Early Girl in a  patio-type variety: extreme earliness, firm, meaty, flavorful fruits, blemish-resistant skin with