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Santorini Paste

Santorini paste

Sanrotini Paste Stats

Height: 72 - 96" (1.83-2.44 m)
Plant Spacing: 18 - 36" (0.46-0.91 m)
Row Spacing: 30 - 48" (0.76-1.22 m)
Days to Maturity: 69 - 80
Growing Habit: Indeterminate
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Bi-Color, Green, Orange, Red
Size: Small, Medium
Shape: Small, Medium
Genetic Type: Heirloom
Variety Type: Paste/Canning, Slicers
Disease Resistance: N/A

Common Uses

Salads, sandwiches, dips, sauces, sliced, canned

Other Names

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Information for Santorini Paste

The Santorini Paste tomato hails from Santorini, Greece. This tomato variety is often confused with the Santorini Cherry because of its origins. However, the similarity ends there. Santorini Paste tomatoes are larger and have a different shape compared to its cherry-sized cousin.

In 1996, the Santorini original seed was collected by Sonja Steifel on the island of Santorini, Greece where it was commercially developed. William Weaver of Pennsylvania first introduced Santorini Paste in the 1996 Seed Savers Yearbook.

The Santorini Paste plant is an indeterminate, mid-season climber that blooms regular leaf foliage and pale yellow flowers that turn into slightly ribbed and flattened beefsteak-shaped fruits. The tomatoes are small to medium in size that range in color from green to red and red-orange. The ribbing on the fruits makes these excellent for slicing and salads.

Aside from slicing, it is also often prepared as paste and sauce for Greek and international dishes. It is also canned and pulsed as a refreshing tomato juice. As for flavor, Santorini Paste tastes sweet and mildly acidic that has a meaty texture.

Santorini Paste tomatoes are not very common and are usually grown in Santorini and other parts of Greece. Tomato growers abroad have also begun cultivating this type of tomato. The seeds are available in some commercial vendors in their public seed catalogs. Classified as open-pollinated heirlooms, Santorini Paste tomato seeds can be passed down from generation to generation or saved until the next harvest.

Photo Credit: Klearchos Kapoutsis