San Marzano Tomatoes PDO 400g
San Marzano tomatoes are the tomatoes of the moment!
Said to be the best canned tomatoes money can buy, San Marzano tomatoes are fantastic for cooking as they have fewer seeds and firmer, meatier flesh.
These tomatoes cook down faster and retain a richer and sweeter flavour, making them perfect for pasta and pizza sauces. The Italians love them so much they conferred a “protected designation of origin” (PDO) status, such as is also enjoyed by Stilton cheese and the sparkling wines of the Champagne region.
This recognized and protected variety comes from the town of San Marzano in the Campania region of southern Italy.
People who have tasted the native tomatoes grown in the volcanic soils claim that they can tell the difference between tomatoes grown there and those grown elsewhere. The rich volcanic soil from Mount Vesuvius gives the San Marzano tomatoes its distinct richness and depth of flavour. In fact, they are the only tomato that can be used for a true, recognized Neapolitan pizza! For an easy delicious pasta sauce they can simply be squeezed down by hand and added to a ‘soffritto’ the sautéed mix of finely chopped onions, carrots and celery which make the base of any tomato sauce.
San Marzano tomatoes, tomato juice.
Our San Marzano tomatoes are produced by Agrigenus, an agricultural co-operative near Naples in the Campania region known for its fertile soils and in particular the world famous San Marzano DOP tomato.
Agrigenus have been accredited with ‘Slow Food’ Presidium status for their commitment to practicing small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods, as well as maintaining ethical cultivation and processing methods.
There are more than 200 Italian Slow Food Presidia in Italy involving more than 1600 small-scale producers: fishers, butchers, shepherds, cheese makers, bakers and pastry chefs.
The Slow Food movement works to protect the environment, defend food biodiversity, promote sustainable agriculture and support small-scale food producers, valuing their traditional knowledge.