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Piennolo tomatoes from Vesuvius: cultivation, sale, where to find the seeds, origins and lots of information on this DOP product.
Piennolo tomato from Vesuvius
For us Neapolitans it has always existed but… it only became popular in 2009, when it obtained the quality markDOP(Protected designation of origin).
The origins of this selection date back to 1858. Its cultivation area is the Vesuvius Park. There are not a fewcultivation of the Piennolo tomatoat the foot of the Neapolitan volcano.
ThePiennolo tomatoit has an oval shape of modest size, has a thick skin and a firm and compact pulp. Its peculiarity is precisely the pulp with a particularly sweet flavor and an acidulous final note that makes it fresh.
Thanks to its high quantity of organic acids, the piennolo tomato can be preserved for a long time. In Naples, the last harvests are kept until the Christmas period, without the aid of the fridge.
Piennolo tomato and Spongillo tomato
In reality, the spongillo tomato and the Piennolo tomato are identical. There is no difference because the two names represent the same selection. There is still a third name to identify this DOP product: spunzillo tomato! The term "spunzillo tomato" is moreNeapolitanbut basically alsoPiennoloit is.
The namePiennoloit meanspendulumand symbolizes the traditional practice of harvesting tomatoes in large bunches to be slowly ripened by holding thempendantto the ceiling of a cool and well ventilated place.
The termSpunzilloand the forced ItalianizationSpongilloinstead, it refers to the particular shape of this tomato.
Piennolo del Vesuvio tomato, cultivation and care
It is not difficult to cultivate. The secret of hiscultivationare theseeds. You can obtain the seeds from trusted agricultural consortia or starting frompiennolo tomatoespurchased with the DOP mark.
Once fully matured, you can obtain theseedsdirectly by extracting them from the tomato.
ThePiennolo tomato from Vesuviusit can be grown both in pots and in the garden.
For open field cultivation, carry out a deep tillage by burying mature manure or compost. Prepare the soil at least one month before planting the plants.
Forcultivate the Piennolo tomato in potschoose containers with a diameter of 24 cm. Fill thejarwith two parts of universal soil and one part of sand. In this way you will have obtained a well-drained and siliceous soil. In each pot, place four seeds and then bring forward only the most robust plant.
When the tomato plants start to grow, add a stake at least 80 cm high. ThePiennolo tomato from Vesuviuspresents a vigorous and rapid growth. It needs tutors both when grown in the garden and in the case of growing in pots.
Place the plants in full sun and wet sparingly: the plant must be watered wisely, without overdoing it and without thirsting the plant. If you have doubts about tomato irrigation, in the articlehow to water tomatoesyou will find the answers you seek.
By respecting my advice (siliceous substrate, sun, heat and low wetting), perhaps you will be able to obtain aPiennolo tomatowith a flavor close to the original one that grows in the Neapolitan area.
Vesuvius Piennolo tomato, sale
It is not difficult to find thePiennolo tomato from Vesuvius. Even on Amazon there are the classicspiennolito be consumed fresh. From them it is possible to derive theseedsoriginals (they are covered by the DOP mark).
Those who want a finished product, always on Amazon there is no shortage of pastes and other preparations. For all information, please refer to "this Amazon page“.
If you live in the Neapolitan area, it is not difficult to find thePiennolo tomato from Vesuvius. You can find it both at the foot of the Neapolitan volcano and in tourist resorts such as the Sorrento coast!
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