San Marzano

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San Marzano
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color red
Fruit shape plum, elongated
Fruit size medium
Fruit type paste, canner, cooking
Variety type open-pollinated
Country Italy


midseason, indet., bushy and vigorous 4-5' vines with very dense regular leaf foliage, elongated 4-5" long bright red glossy fruit in clusters of 5-6, dry flesh. Very high yields, very good cooking tomato, very good taste when cooked, but not so good for fresh eating.

Seed source:

Irina Ogorodnova, Nebraska 05 / CV Lake Valley Seed 05

Year grown: 2009

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


Indeterminate tomato with regular leaf, red fruits with with an average taste, excellent for sauces and drying. The problem for me is the long DTM, some fruits not have matured.

Seed source:

commercial seeds, seeds from the internet

Year grown: 2012,2013,2014,2015

Location: Czech republic, Brno, 780 ft


  • From Italy.
  • Description from the 1958 Gleckler Catalog says:
"SAN MARZANO (65 days). Large Fruited Strain.
A selected strain of Italian paste tomato obtained from Prof. Abelardo Piovano, vegetable crops specialist and agronomist at the National University of Argentina. A very large-fruited strain obtained after many selections by Prof. Piovano in his extensive work in tomatoes. Mid-season in maturity. Vine growth vigorous, bushy with dense foliage and of excellent plant health. A very healthy yielder of beautiful seep scarlet, long plum-shaped fruits, having a most tempting, frosty, meaty and mild flavor. Having very little juice, excellent for tomato paste or combining with a juice variety for home canning. A most beautiful and tasty salad can be prepared by slicing lengthwise and stuffing with bits of cabbage and pepers cut up, garnished with mayonnaise."

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