Tomato ‘Costoluto Genovese’

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I’ve seen this spelled as ‘Constoluto Genevese’ and ‘Costoluto Genovese’. When I purchased it the package was marked ‘Costoluto’ without the extra ‘n’ and I’ve been going by that since. It’s an old Italian variety so anyone who speaks Italian would have a better idea of the true name.

I actually took this photo in August 2006 but as my tomatoes form on the vines and anticipation mounts, I can’t help digging up a photo to remind me of what’s to come.

2006 was the only year I grew this pumpkin shaped heirloom, not because it was a dud but simply because the maximum number of tomatoes I can grow within a season is limited by space, leaving only a select few to make it back for a second or third year. I grew this indeterminate in a BIG container although the yield was still fairly low. The plant can produce fairly large fruit making it a better choice for in-ground gardens.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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4 thoughts on “Tomato ‘Costoluto Genovese’

  1. I’ve got this one going in-ground this year, and I agree on the n-less spelling. It’s hanging with the other Italians, who are more productive, the Principe Borgheses.

  2. Thanks for the photo. I have this one growing in the ground for the first time this year, and haven’t seen one in person yet. I’m growing about a dozen or so heirloom varieties and will be snapping photos when they mature.

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