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‘Goldman’s Italian American’ Tomato

September 11th, 2010

This year I decided to grow ‘Goldman’s Italian American’ tomatoes in my garden after reading about them in The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World’s Most Beautiful Fruit by Amy Goldman. Notice her last name and the name of the tomato – not a coincidence.

They’re described as: the famous Goldman’s Italian-American Tomato has ongoing production of large, red, voluptuous (large in the hip) pear shaped, paste tomatoes with exceptional flavor and few seeds. Individual tomatoes can reach one pound each. Makes one of the creamiest tomato sauces. Named by Amy Goldman for her father’s grocery store in Brooklyn after she found this at a roadside grocery store in Cernobbio, Italy.

They’re quite a lovely tomato, perhaps one of my new favorites. The vines aren’t as productive as hybrids, which is common for heirlooms, but they’re well worth the space. Most of mine have produced huge tomatoes and the sauce they make is velvety and smooth, with great tomato flavor. They’re quite beautiful as well, almost stunning. If you’ve never grown this variety I’d highly recommend giving it a try in your garden. I’ll be saving seeds from a few beautiful species of this plant and I’m hoping I’ll have some to share.

Did you discover any great new tomatoes this year? Is there a variety you grow each year without fail?

12 Comments to “‘Goldman’s Italian American’ Tomato”
  1. Sarah on September 11, 2010 at 8:10 am

    THAT is a gorgeous tomato! Where did you get the seeds?

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    • Susy on September 11, 2010 at 8:30 am

      I got them from Sand Hill Preservation.

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  2. Diane@Peaceful Acres on September 11, 2010 at 8:29 am

    We did! It was Dr Wyche’s Yellow Tomato and it cooked up thick and creamy for the best tomato soup!

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  3. Kelly on September 11, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I tried all new tomatoes this year and had some I loved (a hybrid called ‘Pineapple’ with stunningly delicious flavour) and some I didn’t (Aunt Ruby’s German Green and a hybrid called Margherita which were pointlessly full of air and bland). I liked the Amish Paste I grew, but will be trying new varieties next year of almost everything. I suffer from an overpowering “I’m sure there’s better out there” inner voice.

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    • Susy on September 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      Sounds so good. I’m growing ‘Amish Paste’ this year as well.

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  4. Corrie on September 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    This looks a lot like one I’m trying this year called ‘Coure di Bue’. I like it! My new favorite is ‘Jaune Flamme’. The flavor is delicious!

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  5. baccorobby on September 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I think the name is “cuore di bue costoluto di Albenga” very old cultivar in italy
    it has double skill , for salad and for sauce
    the flavour is extraordinary

    baccorobby from italy

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    • Susy on September 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      Sounds fascinating!

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  6. Debbie on September 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I’d have to say our favourite tomato this year was the Hungarian Pink Heart. (Also known as Hungarian Heart.) It’s an Hungarian heirloom – oxheart tomato. It’s quite prolific and almost all of our tomatoes from this plant have been about a pound. I love them most just sliced up on a sandwich. SO good. I’ll be growing this again for sure.

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  7. MAYBELLINE on September 12, 2010 at 1:12 am

    This year I grew nothing but heirlooms. Al Kuffa is a tough, stout plant with smaller tomatoes but it grows so well in the heat. It’s from Iraq. My favorite this year was Arkansas Traveler.

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  8. Nourishing Words on September 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I tried a few new heirloom tomatoes this year. My favorite, I think, (it’s tough to choose!) is Mr. Stripy. A beautiful slicer, very sweet and orange/yellow/red stripes inside and out. I love it. It makes a beautiful presentation and tastes luscious.

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  9. Tommy on September 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I always have great success with Cherokee Purple. Super-delicious, and a heavy yielder. The purple/dark color is always a crowd-pleaser, too!
    I also got a lot of Green Zebra, which are a little tart and yummy.
    I didn’t have much luck with the Dr. Wyche’s yellow that I tried this year. I only got a small handful of tomatoes, but the ones I got were tasty.

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