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Best heirloom tomato from seed: Roma Rio Grande paste tomatoes

Updated on March 13, 2013
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I inherited my love of gardening from mother and grandmother. I am a garden blogger, freelance writer, and Master Gardener emeritus.

Grow Bigger Paste tomatoes

deterninate fruits make preserving a snap.
deterninate fruits make preserving a snap. | Source

Paste tomatoes that can take the heat and sun

I didn't mean to grow this tomato. The tag was switched. That's good for me because Roma Rio Grande is one of the best paste tomatoes I've grown.

It is a hardy survivor of heat and drought extremes. Also, plants are fusarium-resistant. Vines and leaves are a deep rich green. More productive but similar in shape to a Roma. Grows to about 4 inches.

This tomato is determinate, which makes it ideal for container growing. I grew it in a five gallon container this year. Determinate tomatoes produce most of their fruit at one time, which makes it perfect for making tomato paste or sauce.

Four tomatoes make a pound. I made Bruschetta in a Jar with these hefty paste tomatoes. There is little waste, the core is small. According to the guide sheet fruits weigh 8-12 ounces.

The Rio Grande is a popular Roma tomato throughout Europe, including Italy, and in South America. It deserves more attention in the U.S.

I found seed on Amazon: Ferry-Morse 2153 Tomato Seeds, Rio Grande, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Territorial Seed Co.

Meaty fruits make rich salsas

It takes only 3 or 4 of these tomatoes to make a pound.
It takes only 3 or 4 of these tomatoes to make a pound. | Source


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  • suziecat7 profile image

    suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

    I love romas and will plant some in the spring. Great Hub and I'm a fan.

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 6 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    Mine are more orange, instead of red because of the heat. How do you use these tomatoes? I am glad I discovered these by mistake.

  • moonlake profile image

    moonlake 6 years ago from America

    I have a garden full of these tomatoes but they are not turning red. Strange weather this year made the vines grow very tall and not as many tomatoes as we should have had. We need to get red tomatoes soon. Won't be long until we freeze. Good hub.