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Cultivation: easy

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Jersey Devil Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)

  • Jersey Devil Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum): this ancient American variety is particularly important because of its organoleptic characteristics.

    It produces many oblong-shaped bright red fruits about 10 cm long, characterized by a pointed tip. It has very few seeds inside, and provides the full taste of “real” tomato.

    The first bite of its juicy pulp will immediately bring back the strong, intense flavor or tomatoes grown in vegetable gardens many years ago.

    This specific taste raises the appreciation among those who, now filled with wisdom, remember the tomatoes that were boiled to make preserves, it is undoubtedly grea for sauces.

    The plant is indeterminate and the fruit ripens in 80 days; unlike tomatoes in this category it is immune to apical rot and tolerates water stress pretty well.

    The Jersey giant, now used industrially, was developed from this variety and the San Marzano probably as well, but that’s another story.