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Scatolone Tomato from Bolsena (Lycopersicon licopersicum)
Scatolone Tomato from Bolsena (Lycopersicon lycopersicum): this ancient tomato oarriving from the wonderful Tuscia, province of Vitebo, is running the risck of disappearing, c
The peculiarity of this variety is that the fruit's name indicates a “box” to be filled.
The pulp has very few seeds and is particularly firm and tasty, it allows for many different uses in the kitchen, from fresh consumption, to stuffed in the oven (traditional recipe).
The plant is determined and reaches 1.5 mt, the fruits get to about 20 cm.
Due to the low commercial interest this cultivar is getting less and less widespread, cultivate it and save the seeds in order to safeguard it.
History of the Scatalone
The Scatalone has been grown along the shores of lake Bolsena since the early 1900’s.
In 1930 it was present and the first Fruit and Vegetable Exhibition in Bolsena among the vegetables that predominate in the area and can find great vegetation conditions here. In the post-war years (1948-1950) there were comment about a “box” tomato.
It is a PAT product – Traditional Agri-food Product- of the Lazio Region, which has included the Scatalone of Bolsena amongn the varieties at risk of genetic erosion.