THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TOMATO
A daughter, of a friend of mine, who is living in Italy, was visiting an obscure region of Italy, east of the City of Reggio in the Province of Calabria.She was amazed at the size, texture, and taste of a very different tomato.
This tomato, that was discovered in this isolated agrarian region,has been named the CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TOMATO, in honor of the Explorer that was responsible for discovering the New World where, subsequently, this tomato was discovered.
This region is virtually a step back in time, and the architecture reflects its ancient beginnings. The region consists of small stone-walled homestead type farms that look today as they did hundreds of years ago, each family residing on a self suffient plot of land.
Subsequent visits to the area and research strongly indicates that this tomato has been propagated for hundreds of years. The seeds have been handed down through the generations, uneffected by outside influences.
The plant reflects its origin as a very vine-like plant which is a member of the nightshade family. The fruit can be quite large and is firm, solid inside, and has very few seeds. The seeds reside in an area between the pulpy center and the outside skin of the tomato. The perfect sauce tomato.(technical note: tomatoes are classed as fruit but common useage considers them a vegetable)
Research also indicates that the seeds may have been brought to Italy by Spanish Mariners who landed near Reggio. The seeds found their way into this near isolated area where they have been progated by peasant farmers for hundreds of years, unaffected by modern influences.
You now have the opportunity to purchase the seeds from the original tomato and enjoy the true taste of a tomato that has not been genetically altered or hybridized to satisfy the needs of mass production. We are sure you will not be disappointed.
PROPAGATING CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TOMATOES
IF YOU FOLLOW THE EASY INSTRUCTIONS YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE WORLD'S ORIGINAL AND TASTIEST TOMATO.
Most tomato plants are started from seeds in starter flats or boxes.
Christopher Columbus Tomatoes are a full term tomato and requires
starting at least 6-8 weeks prior to the last frost. Follow the standard
method for starting plants from seeds.
Ideally, your plants should be 10-12 inches high with 3 healthy leaf
levels at the top. Research and experience indicates that shorter and
healthier plants, when planted, will produce more tomatoes. When you
plant them, you will strip all leaves from the lower stock and put the
stock into the ground, leaving only the top 3 leaf levels above ground.
If your plant stocks are longer, just bury the stock deeper. Trust me,
because the whole buried stock will produce a very large root system
that will be very beneficial in producing an abundant crop of tomatoes.
If your area is susceptable to cutworms, wrap a collar of newspaper
around the stock and partially bury it with the stock in the ground.
Your plants should be spaced between 18"-20" apart and have at
least a 12"-15" space on each side of the row (24"-30" width of row).
The row should be raised and mounded approximately 6"-8" above
the surounding area. This will increase warmth to the root area and
provide a ditch around the row, which will allow you to irrigate the
plants and maintain a more even introduction of water. Never water
the plants from above. Irrigation is the best form of watering any
vegatable garden but particularly important for tomato plants that are
susceptable to blossom end rot and fungus infestations.
Maintain one main stock and clip all suckers that will appear between
each leaf branch and the main stock. As the plant grows, it is
important to tie the stock, every 6"-8", to a sturdy 6 foot stake, which
you will pound into the ground 2"-3" from the plant when planting
takes place. As the plant grows, large groups of tomatoes will form.
For larger tomatoes, it is important to clip the smallest tomatoes
leaving 4-8 tomatoes in each group. You will have to support each
large group by tying the group to the main stock with strips of soft
material. These tomatoes can be huge and will break away from the
main stock if not supported.
Since the original tomato is a true vine it will continue to grow and if you provide a support along the top of the upright stakes, tying additional stakes horizontally, the vine will continue to grow and produce tomatoes. Although this can be done, if you want quality and larger tomatoes you should nip off the top of the stock leaving three or four levels of tomato groups, depending on the length of your growing season.
Growing the Christopher Columbus Tomato will take a little more care and attention but the delicious tomato you produce will be well worth the extra effort.
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