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Plant in a large container or directly in the soil. Wait until the danger of frost has passed before planting outside. This vigorous-growing variety may reach the height of 9 ft. Support the main stem with a 6 ft cane.

For better-quality tomatoes, pinch out all side shoots every week so that only the main stem is growing; also remove the first flower cluster. For faster ripening, remove all the leaves below the ripened tomatoes.

Harvest Tomaccio at an early stage. The tomatoes are already matured with their full flavor when they begin to turn red.

Tomaccio has an intense, sugary flavor when dried in a food dehydrator or in a conventional oven. Known as the “sweet raisin tomato”, dried Tomaccio is great as a portable snack or as an accompaniment in pasta dishes, pizza, salads, pesto, and many other dishes.

To properly dry Tomaccio fruit, follow the instructions below:

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 2.5-3 hours

Preparation: Pick, wash and dry ripe tomatoes. Preheat oven to 200°F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place whole tomatoes on baking sheet. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons salt over tomatoes.

Baking: Place in oven at 200°F for 2.5-3 hours. After 2 hours, begin to check tomatoes to ensure that they are dried to preference. Remove baking sheet from oven after 3 hours.

Storage: Allow fruit to cool and then place in zip-top bags to store. Dried fruit can be stored at room temperature.

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