Red Ribbed old world Italian heirloom, available in North America since the early 1800s. Tomatoes are flat and ribbed much like Costoluto di Palma. Good for both eating fresh as well as preserving.
They produce early, but with a smaller size tomato. They are indeterminate so they will continue to produce all season long and the size increases as the season progresses. Late season fruits are more susceptible to Black rot and spot.
They do not store well, the skins are tender and bruise easily which is one reason you won’t find these available at retail shops all that often. If not kept adequately watered they are prone to Blossom End Rot.
Flavor varies depending on growing conditions. Some gardeners have reported a poor taste relative to other varieties. Keep in mind this a sweet tomato so if conditions are not conducive to its concentrating its sugars you will not necessarily get an undesirable tomato, but certainly a substandard one.
- Starting Seeds indoors is advisable
- USDA Hardiness Zone 3 – 10
- Germination 7 to 15 days
- Maturity 75 to 85 Days from transplant
- Full Sun
- Vining Growth Habit – Supports Needed
- Plant Height 4 to 7 feet
- Plant Spread 2 to 3 feet
- Fruit Weight 4 to 7 oz.
- Spacing [With Cages] 24 to 36 inches
Resistant to Bacterial Leaf Spot and Botrytis. Susceptible to Blossom End Rot, Black rot.
Similar Varieties include Costoluto di Palma, Riccio di Palma and Goldman’s Italian American.
See: Jersey Boy Tomatoes