Lycopersicon esculentum


In Notes on the State of Virginia, written in 1781, Jefferson lists tomatoes as produce common to Virginia kitchen gardens. Jefferson grew his tomatoes at Monticello in 1809 - the first summer of his retirement - and grew them until his death.
The Costoluto Genovese tomato (seen at right) is an old Italian preserving tomato variety. Its heavily lobed and often convoluted shape is indicative of early nineteenth century tomato varieties, but makes an oddity in today's vegetable garden. The Costoluto Genovese's stellar flavor is intense and acidic. Because of its odd shape, this tomato is best for sauces and pastes where the skin is removed.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Yellow Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: Vegetable Garden Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.009533,-78.451689

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Blooming Dates 2002: Jun 28 – Sep 62005: Jun 10 – Aug 302006: Jul 4 – Sep 152007: Jun 30 – Aug 22008: Jun 28 – Aug 292009: Jun 11 – Aug 42010: Jun 28 – Aug 312012: Jul 4 – Oct 102013: Jul 11 – Sep 112014: May 23 – Jul 30