Tomato, Belmonte Pear (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. Red Paste. 75 days. Indet.
Andrew has been looking for a productive early Italian giant pear tomato for years and none of the standards seem to produce well here in Oregon. That was until we tried Belmonte Pear. It is the classic red Italian piriform (pear shaped) tomato found in Italy. Highly regarded for sauces and roasting, these beautiful, 6-10 oz fruit are strangely captivating and irresistible. Many of the more famous pear types, such as Cuneo, tend to be a little too late and susceptible to blossom end rot. However, Belmonte Pear is perfect. We sourced our original seed from a wonderful small seed business called The Sample Seed Shop and they say they received it from a friend who sourced it from an Italian seed company. According to their research, it originates from an oxheart/Marmande cross, which may explain some of its earliness and forgiving nature. There is a pink oxheart Italian tomato out there with the same name, however it is a different variety.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.
Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.