Yellow Bolzano Tomatoes
Inventory, lb : 16.00
This item was last sold on : 05/19/22
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Bolzano tomatoes are a small to medium-sized varietal, averaging 100 to 120 grams in weight, and have a round to slightly flattened shape. The tomatoes grow in clusters of 5 to 6 fruits along a central stem and have thin, taut, smooth, and delicate skin. The skin also appears in golden yellow-orange hues and has a slight give when pressed. The leafy top is comprised of a central stem with five surrounding elongated, dark green, and slender leaves tapering to a distinct point. Underneath the soft walled skin, the flesh is tender, succulent, and aqueous, filled with chambers of tiny edible seeds suspended in a gelatinous liquid. Bolzano tomatoes have a subtle, herbaceous aroma and contribute mild, sweet, and savory flavors with fruity nuances.
Bolzano tomatoes are available year-round when grown in greenhouses. In open fields, they are available in the mid-summer through fall.
Bolzano tomatoes, botanically classified as Solanum lycopersicum, are a hybrid variety belonging to the Solanaceae family. The cultivar is a type of truss tomato, meaning the fruits grow on a single stem, and each stem can produce several tomatoes that hang in an attractive grouping. Bolzano tomatoes can be grown year-round in greenhouses or seasonally in open fields and are a specialty variety favored by consumers for its sweet taste, bright coloring, and tender flesh. Some Bolzano tomatoes may be sold still attached to the vine, while other tomatoes are removed before the point of sale. The variety is also cultivated in home gardens and is valued for its low maintenance, high yields, and disease resistance. Bolzano tomatoes add color, flavor, and texture to fresh and cooked culinary preparations.
Bolzano tomatoes are a source of potassium to balance fluid levels within the body, fiber to regulate the digestive tract, and vitamin C to strengthen the immune system while reducing inflammation. The tomatoes also provide beta-carotene that converts into vitamin A in the body to maintain healthy organ functioning, calcium to build strong bones and teeth, and lower amounts of copper, magnesium, manganese, folate, and phosphorus.
Bolzano tomatoes have a mild, sweet, and subtly fruity flavor suited for fresh and cooked preparations. The tomatoes can be sliced and consumed straight out of hand, or they can be tossed in fresh herbs, oils, and seasonings as a side dish. The tomatoes can also be diced and used as a topping over tacos, chopped into salads, stuffed with grains and meats, or sliced and layered with fresh cheeses. Bolzano tomatoes can be used in any recipe calling for standard red tomatoes. In addition to fresh preparations, Bolzano tomatoes can be simmered into soups, roasted or charred with herbs, cooked into egg-based dishes, and chopped into stir-fries. The tomatoes are also popularly cooked into pasta sauces, skewered and grilled, incorporated into panzanella, or used as a pizza topping. Bolzano tomatoes pair well with herbs such as basil, mint, parsley, rosemary, and thyme, nuts including walnut, pine, and almonds, peppers, potatoes, cheeses such as mozzarella, parmesan, and goat, olive oil, melons, and meats including poultry, beef, pork, and turkey. Whole, unwashed Bolzano tomatoes should be kept at room temperature and consumed within a couple of days for the best quality and flavor. If the tomatoes are still attached to the vine, the fruits will continue ripening, absorbing nutrients from the stem.
Bolzano tomatoes are a popular home garden variety in Germany. German urban residents grow tomato varieties such as Bolzano on small garden plots known as Schredergartens. These plots are allotment gardens leased to German residents to grow their vegetables, fruits, and flowers. The original idea for the urban plots was inspired by Dr. Daniel Schreber in the 19th century. Dr. Schreber wanted to create safe spaces for kids to play outside and proposed creating these garden plots. Schredergartens were important during both World Wars to provide food for families, and the plots are still valued in the modern-day, kept as a food source. Many Schredergartens border railways and are situated in city outskirts to fill empty spaces, and in Berlin alone, there are over 500,000 gardening members using these plots. The colorful tomatoes are easy to grow on small plots of land, and the savory-sweet fruits are traditionally made into tomatensalat, also known as the German tomato salad. Tomatensalat is a fresh dish comprised of raw tomatoes, herbs, other aromatics, and oils. The salad is a favorite summertime dish throughout Germany and can be served as a main or side, depending on preference.
Bolzano tomatoes were created by De Ruiter Seeds, a seed breeding company in the Netherlands that the Monsanto Company acquired in 2008. Much of the variety's origins are unknown, but Monsanto was acquired by Bayer in 2016. Bayer continued to operate De Ruiter Seed products under their brand name. Bolzano tomatoes are sold through online seed catalogs in Europe, Canada, and the United States. The variety is cultivated in home gardens and is also offered commercially on a small scale in select grocers and through farmers markets.
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