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Spagnoletta from Gaeta Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
Spagnoletta from Gaeta Tomato (Lycopersicon Lycopersicum): traditional, ancient tomato from the area of Gaeta and Formia, it holds unique characteristics. The plant is determined and small, very early. The berries are tasty, juicy, a bit sour. The tomatoes, slightly ribbed, take a beautiful intense red when ripe; it is sought after and highly appreciated in traditional recipes, consumed mostly fresh. It is however, difficult to find. The cultivation of this variety has constantly declined because it is not very suitable for trading; once picked, the Spagnoletta has a short pantry life, hence it's not suitable for transport. Moreover, it's not very productive and its maturation is not uniform, these reasons mean that the extension of the crops, above all for self-production, do not exceed five hectares. More importantly, the peasant selection has provided it with great rusticity, very few needs, and great taste. The Spagnoletta is cultivated, always in a very limited way, also in the lower Lazio where it often takes the name of Casalino.