Most common Roma tomato sold in the US. Classic sauce and paste tomatoes. Compact plants produce incredible yields of bright red, very richly flavored pear shaped plum tomatoes weighing 2-4 oz and are 3"L. Traditional paste-type fruits are meaty with few seeds and not much juice. Perfectly suited for canning, cooking and making sauce, paste, puree, soup, ketchup and juice. Delicious enough to eat fresh. Fruit heavily, occasionally needing some support. Excellent choice for Commercial Greenhouses, Home Gardens, Market Growers.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
Determinate types are relatively small and often referred to as bushy or compact. Each short branch ends in a flower cluster and the plant does most of its growing before any fruit are set. The tomatoes tend to ripen at once, usually over a short 2 to 3 week period. After most of the tomatoes are harvested the plant yellows and additional production is limited. If grown upright, the plants are seldom more than 2 - 3 feet tall.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.