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Old 10-20-2009, 05:04 PM
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Well I guess it won't be quite the same, but probably a reasonable substitute for Aussies to try....

I ordered some of these yesterday: Mr Fothergill's Australia : Tomato 'San Marzano'

I have a nice sunny spot to grow them at home (as well as an outdoor hydroponic system) so will give it a go and see how they work out.

Pretty cheap - 200 seeds for under $10 delivered to your door...

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Old 10-20-2009, 05:08 PM
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My wife and I grew San Marzanos and cherry tomatoes in Seattle this summer with pretty good success (we've always had success with all kinds of tomatoes in New Mexico, they're an absolute cinch).
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:13 PM
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That sounds great Keith...

I think that part of the fun in all of this is doing as much as you can on your own. The tomatoes are such an integral part of the whole pizza making process that growing them yourself would be very rewarding. The thought of plucking them straight off the vine and using them on a pizza is particularly appealing to me...

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Old 10-20-2009, 05:16 PM
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The cherry tomatoes rarely make it into the house, if you know what I mean.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:24 PM
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Well the produce has to undergo rigorous, continuous, hands-on Quality Control - can't have inferior ingredients being added to pizzas ....

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Old 10-20-2009, 05:33 PM
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I miss New Mexico in that respect. Tomatoes grew like kudzu there (they grow here, but not like some Jurassic nightmare). I practically had to cull the damn things with a machete. Same for basil and thyme. They were downright weeds in NM. Washington's all about apples and blackberries, which are fabulous, but I miss the basil. Dried and even store-bought fresh are not the same as basil from the backyard. I don't know why, but it just doesn't work. It's such a delicate leaf, it spoils in minutes. Anyone who's grown it knows what I'm talking about.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:43 PM
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I have had much dificulty growing basil here in Perth. I have added some to the hydroponics garden but it requires a much lower CF that other produce like egg plant, chillies, passion fruit and tomatoes that the average nutriment level I have set may be a bit too much for it to handle. So far it is going OK but I have planted some seedlings in two other locations in standard soil so hopefully with 3 locations available - something has to grow (hopefully)!

The cats also like to dig up the soil for me and what with the slugs and snails that dine on the basil the odds are stacked against all of it reaching maturity. I have however found a great fresh produce shop down the road that sells the best fresh basil @ $19/kg. I normally buy a bag when I need it in bulk and it only costs about $1.20 a bag and it lasts a good week so it's good value...

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I have seen the seeds but have never tried or known anyone who has tried to grow San Marzanos. In canned, there is a noticeable difference between SMs and regular tomatoes. Way better flavor.
I guess my question is - Do they grow to the same standards outside of Italy? I know many people that have tried growing Vidalia onions all over the country....and the sweetness can't be matched outside of a specific region in GA, something about the very low sulphur content in the soil.
Anyone out there who has grown San Marzanos care to give us a truly honest, unbiased opinion? Can 'domestic' stand up to the imports?

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Old 10-20-2009, 09:07 PM
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I guess my question is - Do they grow to the same standards outside of Italy?
I'm sure that the growing environment of the Italian based ones clearly makes them unique - hence the reason the reason the genuine ones are so sought after.

The idea of growing "San Marzanos" is simply to get the best possible home grown, fresh "Roma tomato" variety for use on a pizza that I can. Whilst I'm not trying to compete with the real deal I reckon that I should be able to produce a pretty good tomato with that the added bonus of knowing that I grew it myself.

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:33 PM
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We've grown Romas for many years and this our first year with San Marzanos, but honestly, I'm not really qualified to comment on it. Besides, we've frozen most of them and haven't used them yet. I think we may have actually used only one batch so far.

So, I don't have much to report, except that they grew fairly successfully in Seattle. Not crazy, but they grew, and the individual tomatoes are enormous, the size of bell peppers.
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