Lucca Canestrino Tomato

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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.

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Season

The Canestrino has a long harvest period, but the best quality tomatoes are picked between June 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
Fratelli Biagini di Grazia Biagini
San Cassiano di Moriano (Lu)
Via delle Piagge, 301/A
tel. 0583 406331 – 347 8169185
biaginigiovanni68@gmail.com

Calafata
Camaiore (Lu)
Località Capezzano Pianore
Via dei Masini, 1
tel. 334 9972455
direzione@calafata.it

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

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

Marina Da Prato
Camaiore (Lu)
Località Capezzano Pianore
Via Giardo est, 314
tel. 0584 915048 - 349 8242139
giovannisalvini@yahoo.it

Vezia Dell’Orfanello
San Quirico di Moriano
via di Loreto I Traversa, 14 A
tel. 0583 330497 - 339 4563301
lrliorugani@libero.it

Simone Paganelli
Capannori (Lu)
Pieve San Paolo
tel. 333 6294351
liska-simone@alice.it

Luigi Picchi
Capannori (Lu)
Via Colombini, 6
tel. 0583 936060 - 328 9369152

Giulio Godi
Gargini Sementi
Capannori (Lu)
Via del Marginone, 82 b
tel. 335 6144258
garginisementi@libero.it
The company saves and reproduces the original seed, recorded by the Region of Tuscany in the native germplasm register

Silvia Marchini
Santissima Annunziata (Lu)
Via del Soccorso, 115/E
tel. 0583 999074 - 328 4542345
silviamarchini75@gmail.com

Nicobio di Federico Martinelli
Orbicciano Camaiore (Lu)
Località Gello di Sopra, 119
tel. 0583 971993 - 349 6932333
nicobio@interfree.it
info@nicobio.it

Giacomo Menesini
San Lorenzo di Moriano (Lu)
Via Colle di Stabbiano, 816
tel. 320 3451127
menesinigiacomo@gmail.com

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

Villa Pierotti di Dina Pierotti
Capannori (Lu)
Località Guamo
Via Nuova, 19
tel. 338 6006355 – 339 4133763
dina.pierotti@tin.it

Ugo Serra
San Michele di Moriano (Lu)
Via di Mammoli, 301
tel. 0583 579272- 339 2525282
davideserra1@alice.it

The sells are done directly by farmers or through the cooperative
L’Unitaria
Porcari (Lu)
Via del Sesto, 1
tel. 0583 211070
marco@lunitaria.it
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Paolo Scialla
tel. + 328 3320341
paolo.scialla@virgilio.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Federico Martinelli
tel. 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
Fratelli Biagini di Grazia Biagini
San Cassiano di Moriano (Lu)
Via delle Piagge, 301/A
tel. 0583 406331 – 347 8169185
biaginigiovanni68@gmail.com

Calafata
Camaiore (Lu)
Località Capezzano Pianore
Via dei Masini, 1
tel. 334 9972455
direzione@calafata.it

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

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

Marina Da Prato
Camaiore (Lu)
Località Capezzano Pianore
Via Giardo est, 314
tel. 0584 915048 - 349 8242139
giovannisalvini@yahoo.it

Vezia Dell’Orfanello
San Quirico di Moriano
via di Loreto I Traversa, 14 A
tel. 0583 330497 - 339 4563301
lrliorugani@libero.it

Simone Paganelli
Capannori (Lu)
Pieve San Paolo
tel. 333 6294351
liska-simone@alice.it

Luigi Picchi
Capannori (Lu)
Via Colombini, 6
tel. 0583 936060 - 328 9369152

Giulio Godi
Gargini Sementi
Capannori (Lu)
Via del Marginone, 82 b
tel. 335 6144258
garginisementi@libero.it
The company saves and reproduces the original seed, recorded by the Region of Tuscany in the native germplasm register

Silvia Marchini
Santissima Annunziata (Lu)
Via del Soccorso, 115/E
tel. 0583 999074 - 328 4542345
silviamarchini75@gmail.com

Nicobio di Federico Martinelli
Orbicciano Camaiore (Lu)
Località Gello di Sopra, 119
tel. 0583 971993 - 349 6932333
nicobio@interfree.it
info@nicobio.it

Giacomo Menesini
San Lorenzo di Moriano (Lu)
Via Colle di Stabbiano, 816
tel. 320 3451127
menesinigiacomo@gmail.com

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

Villa Pierotti di Dina Pierotti
Capannori (Lu)
Località Guamo
Via Nuova, 19
tel. 338 6006355 – 339 4133763
dina.pierotti@tin.it

Ugo Serra
San Michele di Moriano (Lu)
Via di Mammoli, 301
tel. 0583 579272- 339 2525282
davideserra1@alice.it

The sells are done directly by farmers or through the cooperative
L’Unitaria
Porcari (Lu)
Via del Sesto, 1
tel. 0583 211070
marco@lunitaria.it
Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Paolo Scialla
tel. + 328 3320341
paolo.scialla@virgilio.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Federico Martinelli
tel. 349 6932333
info@nicobio.it

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StateItaly
RegionTuscany