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 gardener and garden communicator who has raised over 130 tomato varieties. Her Toronto garden is the source of many of her stories and the produce that she sells in her neighbourhood. She hosts kids gardening videos and her latest book, Gardening with Emma, helps kids and adults find the fun in growing.