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Rei Umberto Tomato

Rei Umberto Tomato

Regular price $3.25 Sale

Solanum lycopersicum

25 seeds minimum

Germination tested 1/2018: 85%

Origin: Naples, Italy

'Rei Umberto', also known as 'King Humbert', was named in honor of the King of Italy when the tomato was first introduced at the Paris Expo in 1878. It is a highly productive plant with easy-to-remove seeds and a wonderful flavor. It was developed in Naples by an Austrian-owned seed company and has been considered the classic Italian paste tomato ever since. No one has improved its shape or flavor. The irony of this story is that the King of Italy did not like Italian cooking (he was from Savoy, and preferred only French cooking and Barolo wines), so the big question remains: was the tomato created to convert him to Italian cooking with tomato sauce, or did he just nod and mutter "excellent," and return to his French menus with one eyebrow raised?