A new specialty tomato is available in North America as Village Farms launches "Heavenly Villagio Marzano" plum tomatoes.
The heirloom variety is "an authentic mini San Marzano" plum tomato, according to a news release from British Columbia-based Village Farms International. The variety originated in the region around Mt. Vesuvius and takes its name from the town of San Marzano near Naples.
The elongated, slightly pear-shaped tomato not only has a distinctive shape, but Village Farms has packaged it in a distinctive quart-sized, standup zippered pouch. The new product is scheduled to be showcased at the Village Farms booth, No. 5035, at the Produce Marketing Association"s Fresh Summit Oct. 14-17 in Atlanta.
Doug Kling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Village Farms, said the mini Marzano variety has a sweet flavor, void of the usual acidic characteristics of tomatoes, and has very few seeds.
Village Farms developed the variety with a seed company. It is the first in what will become a series of new varieties that Village Farms plans to roll out, according to the release.