Rosso Sicilian Tomato
(aka Russo Sicilian Togetta) Introduced to Seed Savers Exchange by Ann Fuller of Indiana. She received the seed from a man who brought it to the U.S. in 1987 from Sicily where his family had grown it many years. Anne said its slices look like red-petaled flowers (rosso means “red”). Striking crayfish red costoluta (ribbed) fruits weigh up to 6 ounces. Firm pithy flesh is perfect for making tomato sauce or paste. Thin skin bruises easily.
- 70-90 days from transplant
- Determinate - Fruit ripens over a 2 week period
- Bright red ribbed fruits weigh up to 6 ounces
- Firm flesh is perfect for making tomato sauce or paste
- Thin skin bruises easily
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
Very productive, even after dry conditions hit in the middle of summer. It kept producing right up until end. The plant was a sprawler (I don't prune) and it spread all over my small garden. Other than that it's a winner. I almost consider it more of a paste tomato. Very dense with small seed cavities. Quite tasty and attractive. Nice to just put in a bowl and display them on the table.
small and very tasty
Produced right up till frost in Zone 5 tho fruits were smaller as days shortened. Really delicious. Dense and meaty. Best for eating fresh, a bit difficult to remove skin from between the "lobes." Highly recommend.
Small but mighty. A good producer with few seeds--easy to blanch and peel. Great for juice!
Rosso Sicilian tomatoes
I’m growing these beauties and they’re doing great. Can’t wait to harvest them.
Very prolific tomato. Took the Texas heat very well. Will save the seeds and buy more.
This has become my favourite tomato. They are beautiful and taste amazing. I am in zone 6-NY. Had no issues with diseases, they grew large and abundantly. The biggest challenge was keeping the birds (and my dog!) away because they are so juicy, sweet and a tiny bit tomato-tangy.
Rossi Sicilian Disappointment
Not impressed with these. We grew from seeds. Plants looked very good. I didn’t realize the skin was so thin and seemed to bruise and spoil easily. Most of the early set tomatoes got spots and rotted on the vine. We pruned to keep them from being too dense. I was hoping for a bumper crop for making sauce but it seems that I have to throw 1 out of every three over the fence. Will not buy these again.
Easy to grow!
I had great luck the first time planting these from seed in St. Louis started in south facing window then transplanted in small garden. Delicious fresh or in sauces and pretty, too!