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The Cutest Tomatoes Ever Grown

October 07, 2010
Principe de Borghese - Small, Teardrop & Heart-shaped Morsels

Principe de Borghese - Small, Teardrop & Heart-shaped Morsels

It has and continues to be an insane tomato crop year in my garden. I didn’t manage to produce much else with a lot of success — unless you count powdery mildew crops on squash in your production numbers — but the tomatoes are kind of making up for the other lackluster veggie performances. I harvested another fifteen pounds over the weekend followed by another ten yesterday. Today or tomorrow there should be another ten or so ready to bring in. The crock pot is running full-time to create paste and the dehydrator is pumping out tray after tray of dried tomatoes daily. It’s going to be a spaghetti-filled winter for us – yay!

Over the past weeks and months, I’ve shared quite a bit of information about why I think the tomatoes have produced so well. One reason: my plants were grown from seed. All but two plants in my garden came from plants I started myself. But those other two? Well, they produced what are simply the cutest tomatoes ever – Principe de Borghese.

Early in Spring, I paid my friend Willi Galloway a surprise drop in visit to see the beautiful progress she was making in her veggie garden renovation, which you too can see on her blog, Digginfood.com. Before I left, Willi gave me two tomato plants she had started from seed. One was labeled ‘Ponderosa’. The other was marked ‘Principe de Borghese’. Willi warned me that I might end up with either or both. We laughed; anyone who grows tomatoes at home from seed knows that sometimes seed and/or labels get mixed up. Turns out, I got two of the ‘Principe de Borghese’ plants.

As I recall, Willi told me the seed for these special, small-fruited, semi-determinant tomatoes came from her aunt. Could these heirlooms have come all the way from Italy? Could I have been growing contraband food? Maybe. Regardless, these truly are about the cutest tomatoes I’ve ever seen. Although they do have a fairly seedy center, I find they are fantastic for drying and for saucing. Willi shares a great recipe for slow roasted tomatoes on her blog here, calling out this adorable tomato as ideal for her recipes.

Thanks Willi. I hope we can swap tomato plants again next year!


  1. Those ARE adorable! Thanks for the link to Digginfood, as well — just checked it out and love it.

  2. Willi says:

    I love how they got cute little Pinocchio noses (probably because they are Italian), but no lying, they are delicious. Mine were pretty prolific too despite my benign neglect of them!

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