Love San Marzano Redorta

ikea_gwJuly 29, 2012

There have been a lot of questions about what is the best paste tomato on this forum and I thought I'd share my impression of San Marzano Redorta. This is the first year growing it for me so don't take this as a long term evaluation but so far I am loving this tomato.

Each plant got its own 24 inch diameter cage and I didn't prune them except for taking off diseased leaves. They have been extremely vigorous growers (approaching 7 ft right now) and shows good resistance to early blight. I don't spray and I garden in a community garden so I get that every year. The spread is much slower on San Marzano Redorta than other heirloom tomatoes I grow.

Fruit set was excellent until the heat and the drought set in a month ago. 40-50 fruits per plant which isn't all that unusual for paste type tomatoes but most fruits are 8 oz and over. Easy to peel and at this size fewer to peel as well for sauce. A small amount of BER during the drought.

The fruits are a great balance of sweetness, tanginess, and oddly salt. The flesh is firm but juicy, and there are not many seeds. It is great for sauce but to my surprise it is a very good fresh eating tomato as well. Haven't made salsa with it but I suspect it will make a rocking one.

In the past I've grown Opalka, Viva Italia, regular Roma, Hungarian Heart, and Amish Paste for my sauce needs but I have to say right now I am planning on growing only SMR next year in the paste category.

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I grew SM Redorta this year also and found it to be an excellent paste, as is Striped Roman.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 11:59PM
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Hey suncitylinda, how big are the striped roman fruits? How's the taste? I am always intrigued by it because it is so pretty. :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 10:49AM
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Both San Marzano Redorta and Oplaka were larger than Striped Roman but decent size. maybe 4 inches long or a bit more. Sweet. Good. It is a beauty for sure.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 1:19AM
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My favorite for making sauce !

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 3:07AM
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A few of my biggest SMR's from this year. (thanks to the drip irrigation during this drought)

Can't wait to start making sauce!

crazyoldgooseman in Md

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 7:43PM
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Can anyone tell me a reliable source for these? My usual sources don't seem to sell them.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:11PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

Tomato Growers Supply has them.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 12:07AM
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One their website, Tomato Growers supply said they had them in stock last year but back ordered mine. I got them in time enough but ended up getting the some seed from "Seeds from Italy" just in case.

The ones from Italy were the seeds I planted and mine came out great. Good Luck crazyoldgoose in Maryland

Here is a link that might be useful: Seeds From Italy, San Marzano Redorta

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 3:58AM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Thanks for the tip. Seeds From Italy shipping is $3.95 for under $15.00 so I may order some although I already have too many tomato seeds to plant. I am also looking at their basil because of something on a herb garden thread.

This post was edited by helenh on Tue, Jan 22, 13 at 10:42

    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 10:40AM
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I certainly loved SMZ-Redorta as well, but there are so many excellent tomatoes similar to it. George, O'Brien, Opalka, and my personal favorite, Cherokee Sausage, aka Wessel's Purple Pride.

You also have your plums. Japanese Black Trifele, Dino Eggs, Christopher Columbus, and so on.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 1:31PM
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I forgot to mention the hearts, but you get the idea.

Don't limit yourself to just one tomato. There are plenty of fish in the sea.

This post was edited by archerb on Fri, Jan 25, 13 at 13:34

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 1:33PM
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Great. Now due to this rave reviews, I may just have to make room again for it in my garden. lol

I had tried it and Opalka since I planned to make sauce, but no joke, I believe they were the only tomato plants that did wimpy in my garden! It was my first year gardening, but with all the research I did and care I gave them, all the other ones rocked, like Middle Tennessee, Italian Tree, Mariana's Peace, etc., so much so I had to train them sideways along the fence. My paste tomato plants? I believe I did four and I think ONE got to a gangly 4 feet tall, not very branched, the others were stubbornly stuck at about two feet tall, though they did produce. LOL! So yeah, MAYBE I just might have to scrap the idea of another new oxheart variety and give a well praised paste tomato a second chance. ;)

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 2:01AM
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I love San Marzano Redorta tomatoes too. It's like a regular San Marzano but much bigger, thicker walled and less seeds I think.

I ordered some from Tomatofest.

My biggest problem with this variety is I love them red and my dog likes them green.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 11:17PM
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Jessie Tenney

I LOVE San Marzano Redorta. Have been growing tomatoes for 40+ years (usually 100+ plants--I'm a little "tomato crazy"), and it is by far my favorite canning/paste tomato. Yield is excellent (unlike San Marzano), plant is hardy, flavor is wonderful. And suncitylinda, I have grown Striped Roman for a few years, an though they do compare in size to Redortz, I have found the skin on this variety to be exceptionally tough.

    Bookmark   on Tuesday at 9:29AM
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Jessie Tenney

Creek-side, I'm a little late to the party, but if you're still interested in seeds for the San Marzano Redorta, try Grow Italian. Great price, too!

    Bookmark   on Tuesday at 9:30AM
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Thanks for the tip. I managed to get some from Seeds From Italy.

    Bookmark   on Tuesday at 3:26PM
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