Amish Paste Tomato
Tom Hauch of Heirloom Seeds commercialized this variety in 1990. It was acquired from the Amish near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bright red 8-12 ounce fruits vary in shape from oxheart to rounded plum. Delicious flesh is juicy and meaty, excellent for sauce or fresh eating. One of Slow Food USAs Ark of Taste varieties.
- 85 days from transplant
- ±13,500 seeds/oz
- Best-selling paste tomato
- Bright red fruits grow to 8-12 ounces
- Fruits vary in shape from oxheart to plum
- Juicy and meaty flesh
- Excellent for sauce or fresh eating
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Store your tomatoes at room temperature. The flavor and texture of tomatoes suffer when the fruit is chilled.
Heirloom tomatoes are bred for their flavor and simple preparation best allows that intense flavor to shine through. Tomatoes can be sliced and drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper or layer slices with basil and mozzarella for a Caprese salad.
Roasted tomatoes have a richer, concentrated flavor.
There are hundreds of salsa recipes to try and most are dramatically improved with the use of heirloom tomatoes. Tomatoes are also the main ingredient in Gazpacho, a cold soup that is perfect for summer.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.
- Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart
- Support: Cage, stake, or trellis
Ratings & Reviews
Highly Productive and great taste
My favorite tomato. It's great for canning, salads, or burgers. It has very few seeds and is extremely meaty making it amazing for canning. the taste if great and I've grown them in a little shade in the past and not lost flavor or production. I've gotten as many as 20 tomatoes the size of a 15 ounce can off one plant. Highly recommend this tomato.
All around great tomato
Grew taller than my single story house. Great rich flavor makes a nice sandwich and soup/sauce. Very versatile just have to keep pinching the suckers off as this variety suckers heavy. Grown in North county San diego.
Fabulous paste tomato
I have had several tomatoes this year that were between 13 oz and 1 lb. Highly recommend these, they are wonderful for making pasta and pizza sauce. I also like to slice and dehydrate them.
Great All-Around Option
Great producer, few seeds, nice flavor and not heavily watery. Very enjoyable all-around tomato for slicing and canning.
Great Tomato But...
I have grown Amish Paste tomatoes for years and will continue to do so however I have one caution, they develop blossom end rot easily if grown in containers with commercial soil. I have grown tomatoes for decades and never had trouble with blossom end rot until I tried to grow these in containers. We live in Northern Nevada where there is sufficient calcium in the native soil, the Amish Paste tomatoes do well in our native soil, even producing well in our windy arid climate at 5000+ feet elevation!
The Best Canning Tomato
by Carolyn Brow
This is the best tomato I have found for marinara sauce. Great for canning; much better than San Marzano.
First Time Trying
First year trying these. Great Flavor. Good size
Great sauce tomato
I tried these this year, a truly amazing tomato. It is late to ripen but well worth the wait. These are huge plum tomatoes. Superior flavor superior color. Be advised that they get very tall, my plants were 8 feet tall. I will plant these again
Winner for best paste variety
I can see why everyone loves this tomato. For several years I've tried to find a paste tomato that will handle our extreme weather (heat, strong winds, zone 5) and not have blossom end rot. This has been the winner. I got probably 50+ lbs off 5 tightly spaced plants (gave them 2' X 8' in a raised bed). They're delicious fresh, and the sauce they made is an incredibly vibrant red. It did take a while to get the fruit to ripen, I had to bring in some green on the stem, but held them in open cardboard boxes and they all ripened to bright red within 3 weeks.
I really wanted to love Amish Paste, and gave it several tries over several years. The result was always the same - an inch and a half of green shoulders that remained hard even when the bottom of the tomatoes were left on the vine until nearly rotten. I was happy with the parts that ripened, but I was throwing away too much of just about every tomato. I needed to find something that worked better in my Michigan garden.
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