Making the Cut
A few years back, when my tomato craze first started, Florentine Beauty was one of the first varieties I grew. I’m pretty sure that I had 57 varieties that year. Since then I’ve grown many, many more! But, not every variety makes the cut every year. Some get dropped so that new ones can be grown. Not Florentine Beauty.
Florentine Beauty is one of the prettiest tomatoes I’ve grown. It is medium-large in size, with deep yellow ribs and vibrant yellow skin. There is also a faint red marbling through the centre.
In the Kitchen
If you’re going to use it in the kitchen, make sure to show off the beautiful colour and shape by serving it in slices.
It has a dry flesh, making it very good for cooking and using in sauces. The flavour is mild and sweet.
Grow Your Own
Start Florentine Beauty transplants indoors like any other variety.
It is indeterminate, meaning it will keep on growing until killed by frost or disease. If you have a limited growing space, and you don’t want the plant going crazy, I recommend training it. Use a stake, trellis, or cage to keep it upright, and away from pests. Tying the plant to your support system (you can use twine, clips, strips of fabric) helps support the plant and prevent it from falling with the weight of all the heavy tomatoes.
Where to get it
I am selling tomato seeds this year! You can find seeds for this great variety, and many more, on my website, https://www.emmabiggs.ca/store.
Emma Biggs is a 13-year-old gardener and garden communicator. Emma raised over 130 tomato varieties in her Toronto garden in 2018—gardening in containers, in straw bales on a driveway, in a neighbour’s yard, in wicking beds under a walnut tree, and on the garage roof. Her garden is the source of many of her stories—and the source of produce that she sells in her neighborhood. In 2015, at the age of nine, Emma co-authored of Grow Gardeners, Kid-Tested Gardening with Children with her father and started helping him at garden talks and workshops. For the past couple of years, Emma has been giving her own talks at libraries, seed exchanges, garden clubs, and garden shows. Emma is the co-host of The Garage Gardeners Radio Show. She hosts kids gardening videos on the From Dirt to Dishes gardening channel on YouTube. Her latest book, Gardening with Emma, helps kids find the fun in gardening (and helps adults remember how much fun gardening is!)