Crispiano Giallorosso Tomato

Italy

Puglia

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In the heart of the province of Taranto, surrounded by hills and ancient olive trees, the small town of Crispiano is known for the magnificent masserie that dot its surrounding countryside. These traditional farmhouses were built between the 15th and 19th centuries, and many of them have been renovated and returned to their original splendor. The local families around here used to grow a particular variety of tomato, selected centuries ago in Crispiano’s “Vallone,” the most fertile agricultural area, characterized by plots bordered by drystone walls.
The Crispiano Giallorosso Tomato (giallorosso means “yellow-red”) is round, with soft flesh and a thick, yellowish-orange skin, which never looks completely ripe. The flavor is pleasantly acidic, with a slight herbaceous aftertaste of tomato leaves. The seeds for new plants are saved from the fruits picked from the base of the plant. It is not a climbing tomato, and this makes the harvest—which starts towards the end of July and continues up until early September—more laborious. The fruits are arranged carefully in wooden crates and stored in the cellar, but they can also be tied into garlands known as nzerte and hung under the masseria’s porticoes. These so-called pomodori da serbo, tomatoes for storing, can keep throughout the winter and beyond.
Crispiano Giallorosso Tomatoes are excellent in salads, sauces and on top of frise (twice-baked ring-shaped breads), which are typically softened in water before being topped with fresh tomatoes, salt, oregano and extra-virgin olive oil.

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Season

The tomatoes are harvested from the end of July to the beginning of September. The stored tomatoes are available year-round

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In the last few decades, the land originally used for traditional vegetables has been replanted with olive trees, while new tomato types (commercial hybrids that produce higher yields and are easier to harvest) are being planted on specialized farms.
The Crispiano Giallorosso Tomato has survived thanks to a handful of producers who grow the variety on a few hectares of land. Sold fresh for a price that ranges from €1 to €3 per kilo, it is known and appreciated only by the older generations, who remember the tomato from their childhood.
The Presidium, which currently involves five producers, has been started to save the seeds of this heirloom variety and promote the tomatoes on the market so that the growers can receive a fair price.

Production area
Crispiano municipality, Taranto province, Puglia region

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Crispiano
Giuseppe Cito
Crispiano (Ta)
Via Magazzino , 65
Tel. 328 0019073
citogiuseppe@libero.it

Roberto Cito
Crispiano (Ta)
Via Magazzino , 156
Tel. 327 1955245

Russo Michelina
Crispiano TA
Via Circ. Conca D'Oro 72
tel. 3487049453

Francesco Serio
Crispiano (Ta)
Contrada Votano
Tel. 339 7081664

Flora Vinci
Crispiano (Ta)
Contrada Carmine snc
Tel. 334 3571034
Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giuseppe Cito
Tel. +39 328 0019073
citogiuseppe@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Alfredo de Lucreziis
Tel. +39 333 2552256
alfredo.delucreziis@virgilio.it
In the last few decades, the land originally used for traditional vegetables has been replanted with olive trees, while new tomato types (commercial hybrids that produce higher yields and are easier to harvest) are being planted on specialized farms.
The Crispiano Giallorosso Tomato has survived thanks to a handful of producers who grow the variety on a few hectares of land. Sold fresh for a price that ranges from €1 to €3 per kilo, it is known and appreciated only by the older generations, who remember the tomato from their childhood.
The Presidium, which currently involves five producers, has been started to save the seeds of this heirloom variety and promote the tomatoes on the market so that the growers can receive a fair price.

Production area
Crispiano municipality, Taranto province, Puglia region

Presidium supported by
Municipality of Crispiano
Giuseppe Cito
Crispiano (Ta)
Via Magazzino , 65
Tel. 328 0019073
citogiuseppe@libero.it

Roberto Cito
Crispiano (Ta)
Via Magazzino , 156
Tel. 327 1955245

Russo Michelina
Crispiano TA
Via Circ. Conca D'Oro 72
tel. 3487049453

Francesco Serio
Crispiano (Ta)
Contrada Votano
Tel. 339 7081664

Flora Vinci
Crispiano (Ta)
Contrada Carmine snc
Tel. 334 3571034
Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giuseppe Cito
Tel. +39 328 0019073
citogiuseppe@libero.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Alfredo de Lucreziis
Tel. +39 333 2552256
alfredo.delucreziis@virgilio.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPuglia