Torre Guaceto Fiaschetto Tomato Puglia
The Fiaschetto tomato, small, sweet, juicy and good for preserving, is part of the gastronomic history in this part of the province of Brindisi. It was the base for the passata that all families, even in urban areas, used to make for the winter. The idea of using any other type of tomato, even the famous San Marzano, was unthinkable. But despite its deep roots in the local culture, the cherry tomato came close to disappearing. It cost too much to cultivate and especially to harvest, and yields were too low compared to the modern hybrids developed for sauce making.
Harvest begins from the second week of June and continues throughout the summer. The tomato sauce is available year-round.
Thanks to research in the private vegetable plots that dot the area along the coast protected by the Torre Guaceto Natural Reserve, the heirloom Fiaschetto was rediscovered. The park authority took on the challenge of reviving the variety, working with a nursery sensitive to the issue of biodiversity and a farmer willing to invest in the organic cultivation of the cherry tomatoes. Today the Presidium involves two producers who grow the oval-shaped, nippled tomatoes just a few hundred meters from the sea.
Torre Guaceto, Carovigno, Municipality, Brindisi Province
Presidium supported by
Torre Guaceto Natural Reserve
Serranova di Carovigno (Br)
tel. +39 0831 555807-392 5038975
San Vito dei Normanni (Br)
via Oberdan, 26
tel. +39 0831 951610-335 7311770
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Mario Di Latte
Tel. +39 392 5038975
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Tel. +39 0831 985010 - 347 4703926