Costoluto Genovese Tomato Seeds

(P) Pkt of 30 seeds
Item #05429-PK-P1


Unbelievable flavor for pastes and sauces

Days to Maturity: 78 from transplant


You may never buy tomato paste or sauce at the store again after tasting this superb heirloom Italian tomato. A favorite since the early 19th century for robust, tangy, "tomatoey" sauces, it sets a long, heavy crop of knobby, lobed red fruit that have absolutely no plate appeal but fantastic flavor.

Beginning early in the season, continuing right through the hottest days (it loves balmy heat) and persisting long into fall, this vigorous vine sets masses of small, deeply lobed, irregular fruit. They would not win any beauty contests, but they are just perfect for canning, their flavor preceded by a rich, sharp aroma that tells you you've left the bland world of modern hybrids far behind. Treasured in Italy for many generations, Costoluto Genovese is the secret ingredient in countless family recipes for everything from lasagna to spaghetti sauce.

The flavor comes from the high acidic content of this fruit, which makes a hearty base for any dish. Discover the true tomato tang with Costoluto Genovese. It's the best tomato we've ever seen for juicing, and it tastes delicious on sandwiches and in salads, too.

Start seeds indoors 5 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. Plant outdoors when danger of frost is past and night temperatures consistently remain above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If an unexpected late frost is forecasted, protect young plants with plastic sheeting or other cover. Set plants 2 to 2½ feet apart.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Lycopersicon
Species esculentum
Variety Costoluto Genovese
Item Form (P) Pkt of 30 seeds
Tomato Fruit Set Indeterminate
Days to Maturity 78
Fruit Color Red
Habit Vining
Seeds Per Pack 30
Additional Characteristics Edible, Heirloom, Season Extenders
Harvest Season Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Fall, Late Summer, Mid Fall, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Bacterial Leaf Spot, Botrytis
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 5 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

October 01, 2018

Little pumpkins

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

This is a very heirloom tasting tomato. If the fruit had been taller instead of flat it would be awesome. Maybe my fault. Produced 10 15/ plant

chucky from TN
May 02, 2013

Great taste but smaller than picture suggests

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

I like the intense tomato flavor very much, especially in sauces. In my experience, the tomatoes have been what I would consider to be small- to medium-sized. The catalog and Website pictures look like they were closeups. I think the pictures make the tomatoes appear larger than what one would actually get.

Larry Kroutil from NC
November 27, 2012

Great Tomato for Sauce

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Heavy production, great for making fantastic sauce (we chopped and roasted the tomatoes and then putting through a food mill to remove seeds and skin). Also dehydrated some for tasty dried tomatoes. Neighbors enjoyed them fresh, too. Second season of growing them - will grow again.

Ann from IA
February 05, 2012

Too much gel

This shopper rated the product 2 out of 5 stars

My family didn't care for the texture of the meat of this tomato. It took forever to ripen and wasn't worth the wait. It was a pretty tomato; all looks.

Debbie from CA
January 05, 2012

Heavy producer, rich smoky taste

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This heirloom is a heavy producer on a tall sturdy plant. Keep the bottom branches trimmed off to help reduce blight. The rick smoky taste is great in sauces, and adds a complexity to salads, burgers and antipasto plates.

Tammy from NC

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