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Tomato

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: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Jun 28 to 2002 Sep 62005 Jun 10 to 2005 Aug 302006 Jul 4 to 2006 Sep 152007 Jun 30 to 2007 Aug 22008 Jun 28 to 2008 Aug 292009 Jun 11 to 2009 Aug 42010 Jun 28 to 2010 Aug 312012 Jul 4 to 2012 Oct 102013 Jul 11 to 2013 Sep 112014 May 23 to 2014 Jul 30
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