Lucca Canestrino Tomato

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Tuscany

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Lucca Canestrino Tomato

Also known as Cresputo or Costoluto, the Canestrino tomato has long been cultivated in family kitchen gardens around Lucca. Consumed at home or sold locally in the city’s markets, like the one in Piazza del Carmine, the tomato was once greatly appreciated and commanded higher prices than other varieties. Every family jealously guarded their own seeds, and due to the lack of standardized selection techniques, this practice ensured good genetic variability. At the end of the 1960s, the Canestrino was still very common, and even offered by some local seed companies, but then, with the arrival of hybrid ribbed varieties, it was gradually abandoned. Thanks to a few custodian-farmers who had passed down the seeds, the variety was saved, and in 2015 it was included in the register of biodiversity for the Tuscan region.
The name means “little basket,” but as well as its typical shape, the Canestrino can also be recognized by the green color at the top of the fruit, which remains even when fully ripe, and the small clefts just underneath where the stem is attached. These esthetic imperfections serve as a kind of trademark for the Canestrino. The tomato plants are fertilized only organically and no chemical weedkillers are used. The fruits are harvested in stages, from the end of May all the way through to late autumn.
The variety has thin skin and its flesh is soft but dense, not very watery and with few seeds. The size varies greatly: The fruits generally weigh between 150 and 200 grams, but can grow as heavy as 300 grams. Their flavor is sweet, due to the high sugar content and low acidity. The ripe tomatoes are excellent in salad, thanks to their heady fragrance, intense flavor and dense consistency, but the low water content means they are also good in fresh sauces and for canning.

Season

Tomatoes are picked between May and October

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For some years the markets have been selling ribbed tomatoes, also known in Italian as Cuore di Bue, which are very similar to the Canestrino. These are selected varieties, however, often hybrid and easier to cultivate, and have nothing to do with the authentic Canestrino tomato from Lucca. The Presidium was established to differentiate and promote this heirloom variety, involving the entire production chain, from the seed custodians to the nurseries that prepare the seedlings to the local farmers who over the years have never abandoned the Canestrino, despite it being more delicate and demanding than the ribbed hybrids.

Production area
Lucca, Capannori, Porcari, Altopascio, Montecarlo, Camaiore, Massarosa and Viareggio municipalities, Lucca province, and San Giuliano Terme and Vecchiano municipalities, Pisa province, Tuscany region

Presidium supported by
Comune di Capannori, Comune di Lucca, Comune di Porcari, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
Producers

Agriturismo Biologico Nicobio
Località Gello di Sopra, 119
OrbiccianoCamaiore (Lu)
Tel. +39 349 6932333
info@nicobio.it
www.nicobio.it

Agriturismo Villa Pierotti
di Dina Pierotti
Via Nuova, 19
Località Guamo
Capannori (Lu)
Tel. +39 333 4133763
infoagriturismopierotti.it
www.agriturismopierotti.it

Azienda Agricola Nodica
di Sing Sukhsinder
Viale Amedeo Nodica, 103
Pisa
Tel. +39 327 3746897
lorpagni@hotmail.com

Giuliana Centoni
Via Sorbano del Giudice, 345
Lucca
Tel. +39 320 4110961
agricola.centoni@gmail.com

Paolo Ciardetti
Via di Piletra, 1285
San Michele di Moriano (Lu)
Tel. +39 340 6084080
paolociardetti@gmail.com

Cooperativa Agricola Sociale Calafata
Piazzale Arrigoni, 2
Lucca
Tel. 334 9972455
direzione@calafata.it
www.calafata.it

Marina Da Prato
Via Giardo, 27
Capezzano Pianore (Lu)
Tel.+39 349 8242139
giovannisalvini@yahoo.it

Fratelli Biagini
Via delle Piagge, 301 A
San Cassiano di Moriano (Lu)
Tel. +39 347 8169185
biaginigiovanni68@gmail.com

Silvia Marchini
Via del Soccorso, 115
ES.S. Annunziata Lucca (Lu)
Tel. +39 349 6193025
silviamarchini75@gmail.com

Marco Micheli
Via Piletra, 603
San Michele di Moriano (Lu)
Tel.+39 329 3656553
michelimarco74@gmail.com

Orto Bio
di Roberto Dones
Via Pietra a Padule, 5102
Massaciuccoli (Lu)
Tel. +39 393 9892012
info@ortobio.org

Orto di Sara
di Pierluigi Contrucci
Via dei Tognetti
San Cassiano
Vico Lucca (Lu)
Tel. +39 339 2874307
contrucci@hotmail.it

Orto Divino
di Ireneo Pellegrinelli
Via Pino e Cortacce 513 L
Lucca
Tel.+39 345 6043808
pellegrinelli.vedant@gmail.com

Simone Paganelli
Via della Chiesa, 11
Località Toringo
Capannori (Lu)
Tel. +39 339 3457993
marcopaganelli.mp@gmail.com

Dante Pucci
Località Piana 12
Valdottano
Borgo a Mozzano (Lu)
Tel. +39 348 2638119

Ugo Serra
Via di Mammoli, 301
San Michele di Moriano (Lu)
Tel. +39 339 2525282
davideserra1@alice.it

Marketing is done directly by the growers or through the cooperative:
L’Unitaria Coop
Via del Sesto, 1
Porcari (Lu)
Tel. +39 329 7399748
marco@lunitaria.it
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Paolo Scialla
paolo.scialla@virgilio.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Federico Martinelli
Tel. +39 349 6932333
info@nicobio.it
For some years the markets have been selling ribbed tomatoes, also known in Italian as Cuore di Bue, which are very similar to the Canestrino. These are selected varieties, however, often hybrid and easier to cultivate, and have nothing to do with the authentic Canestrino tomato from Lucca. The Presidium was established to differentiate and promote this heirloom variety, involving the entire production chain, from the seed custodians to the nurseries that prepare the seedlings to the local farmers who over the years have never abandoned the Canestrino, despite it being more delicate and demanding than the ribbed hybrids.

Production area
Lucca, Capannori, Porcari, Altopascio, Montecarlo, Camaiore, Massarosa and Viareggio municipalities, Lucca province, and San Giuliano Terme and Vecchiano municipalities, Pisa province, Tuscany region

Presidium supported by
Comune di Capannori, Comune di Lucca, Comune di Porcari, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
Producers

Agriturismo Biologico Nicobio
Località Gello di Sopra, 119
OrbiccianoCamaiore (Lu)
Tel. +39 349 6932333
info@nicobio.it
www.nicobio.it

Agriturismo Villa Pierotti
di Dina Pierotti
Via Nuova, 19
Località Guamo
Capannori (Lu)
Tel. +39 333 4133763
infoagriturismopierotti.it
www.agriturismopierotti.it

Azienda Agricola Nodica
di Sing Sukhsinder
Viale Amedeo Nodica, 103
Pisa
Tel. +39 327 3746897
lorpagni@hotmail.com

Giuliana Centoni
Via Sorbano del Giudice, 345
Lucca
Tel. +39 320 4110961
agricola.centoni@gmail.com

Paolo Ciardetti
Via di Piletra, 1285
San Michele di Moriano (Lu)
Tel. +39 340 6084080
paolociardetti@gmail.com

Cooperativa Agricola Sociale Calafata
Piazzale Arrigoni, 2
Lucca
Tel. 334 9972455
direzione@calafata.it
www.calafata.it

Marina Da Prato
Via Giardo, 27
Capezzano Pianore (Lu)
Tel.+39 349 8242139
giovannisalvini@yahoo.it

Fratelli Biagini
Via delle Piagge, 301 A
San Cassiano di Moriano (Lu)
Tel. +39 347 8169185
biaginigiovanni68@gmail.com

Silvia Marchini
Via del Soccorso, 115
ES.S. Annunziata Lucca (Lu)
Tel. +39 349 6193025
silviamarchini75@gmail.com

Marco Micheli
Via Piletra, 603
San Michele di Moriano (Lu)
Tel.+39 329 3656553
michelimarco74@gmail.com

Orto Bio
di Roberto Dones
Via Pietra a Padule, 5102
Massaciuccoli (Lu)
Tel. +39 393 9892012
info@ortobio.org

Orto di Sara
di Pierluigi Contrucci
Via dei Tognetti
San Cassiano
Vico Lucca (Lu)
Tel. +39 339 2874307
contrucci@hotmail.it

Orto Divino
di Ireneo Pellegrinelli
Via Pino e Cortacce 513 L
Lucca
Tel.+39 345 6043808
pellegrinelli.vedant@gmail.com

Simone Paganelli
Via della Chiesa, 11
Località Toringo
Capannori (Lu)
Tel. +39 339 3457993
marcopaganelli.mp@gmail.com

Dante Pucci
Località Piana 12
Valdottano
Borgo a Mozzano (Lu)
Tel. +39 348 2638119

Ugo Serra
Via di Mammoli, 301
San Michele di Moriano (Lu)
Tel. +39 339 2525282
davideserra1@alice.it

Marketing is done directly by the growers or through the cooperative:
L’Unitaria Coop
Via del Sesto, 1
Porcari (Lu)
Tel. +39 329 7399748
marco@lunitaria.it
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Paolo Scialla
paolo.scialla@virgilio.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Federico Martinelli
Tel. +39 349 6932333
info@nicobio.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionTuscany