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Cancelmo Family Heirloom Tomato

Cancelmo Family Heirloom Tomato

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Cancelmo Family Heirloom Certified Naturally Grown Seed
A 2018 Victory Seed Company Introduction

90 days, indeterminate — The regular leaf plants of 'Cancelmo Family Heirloom' produces five to sixteen ounce, pointy, heart-shaped, fruit that are pink in color. Similar in appearance to 'Anna Russian', with a mild, smooth, balanced, though slightly tangy, flavor. Most of its fruit are big, beautiful, and nice for slicing.

This variety was sent to us by Craig LeHoullier in time to grow out during the 2017 season. It was sent to his home by Walt Swokla from Connecticut. When sending his family's heirloom seed to Craig, Mr. Swokla described its background and history in a note that read:
"My Grandmother brought [the seeds] over to America from Popoli [Italy] in 1917. My Grandma passed in 1978, and she stopped gardening in the late 60's. I found the frozen seeds (circa 11/2002) when cleaning out the freezer after my Father passed in 2013. My Mother died from Alzheimer's in 2007 and kept a garden until approximately 2002.
My Mother, out of love and necessity, was a seed saver like her Mother, and growing these seeds have allowed me to continue the legacy of her love affair with Tradition and Gardens. I have saved the seeds from this harvest and will share them with our extended Family to insure that my Mom's memory and connection to our roots live on."
When we followed up with Walt, he added more interesting details. He pointed out this tomato is a nice all-purpose variety equally well suited for sauce or slicing. And although the fruit shapes, like many heart-shaped varieties, vary with the size, they are consistently meaty and flavorful. He also estimated that twelve to fifteen pounds of fruit yield one gallon of sauce and at over one pound each on average, "... they are plenty large enough to cover a quarter pound burger or grace a BLT."

Walt emphasized that he believed that the women in his lineage, his grandmother and mother, are "the stars" in this story and that he considered this tomato to be, "... an amazing gift from another time, from a woman who continued to feed her family long after she passed." His hope in sharing the 'Cancelmo Family Heirloom' with the gardening public is that it continues to provide sustenance for generations of families to come. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
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