Tomato 'Costoluto Genovese'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Costoluto Genovese
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



Fresh, slicing


Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska

Tonto Basin, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Corona, California

Menifee, California

Oceanside, California

Sacramento, California

San Jose, California

Sunnyvale, California

West Sacramento, California

Denver, Colorado

Bokeelia, Florida

Kansas City, Kansas

Bethelridge, Kentucky

Plymouth, Massachusetts

South Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Macomb, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Contoocook, New Hampshire

South Orange, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Carmel, New York

Hornell, New York

Columbus, Ohio(2 reports)

West Chester, Ohio

Willoughby, Ohio

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Salfordville, Pennsylvania

Warren, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Houston, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Wills Point, Texas

West Jordan, Utah

Arlington, Virginia

Morgantown, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 24, 2021, jann1033 from Kirtland Hills, OH wrote:

Id say negative but maybe the seeds were not the correct variety. One plant had tiny(1/2-2) accordion pleated dry tasteless tomatoes early summer that then became larger ( baseball or smaller) globe shaped blah tomatoes, second plant started and finished with the globe shaped. Wish I knew because Id definitely never grow whatever variety that was again. Trying Italian heirloom next year from a better source


On May 25, 2014, JULIETABER from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of my favorites. I look forward to each and every intensely red, convoluted tomato. Mine are growing in straw bales this year and are loaded. I put ground egg shells in when I planted them, so no BER. I've already had 4 tomatoes and it is only mid-May.


On Aug 11, 2012, nhplanter from Washington, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Easy to grow and very prolific. I love the taste and this is my all-time favorite tomato.


On Sep 16, 2011, lycodad from Hornell, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have a half-dozen garden gazers in my neighborhood, everyone was shocked and awed by this one. The odd ribbed shoulders just set off the beautiful look these tomatoes had. A very novel tomato indeed. They tasted pretty good, too, but I'll admit that most of mine went into the sauce pot. Mine were grown from the original Italian seeds from Pagano. This one is a definate keeper.


On Sep 8, 2011, WonderWeasel from Kansas City, KS (Zone 5a) wrote:

This was my first year growing Costoluto Genovese (or Costos, as I lazily shorten their name), and I was definitely satisfied. The plant was quite prolific, setting dozens of pumpkin-shaped fruit over the growing season. The only problem I had with it compared to other varieties I've grown is that it seemed more susceptible to blossom end rot. In fact, almost all of my first round of tomatoes from this plant had that problem. After I started feeding it half-strength miracle-gro all-purpose plant feed every week, the blossom end rot disappeared. Also, the plant was in a 3-gallon container, so perhaps with a larger container or by planting in the ground, I wouldn't have had this problem.


On Sep 5, 2011, rspoilsport from Yellow Springs, OH wrote:

Thin walled and low yielding, though I admit it's been growing in cramped and rather shady conditions. Taste is good, but Palestinian, Brandywine, and Mortgage Lifter rate better By golly though, it is a beautiful tomato (and what a name).


On May 21, 2010, SigourneyBeaver from Pine Island, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love growing this plant. It's huge, productive and has much prettier fruit and foliage than most tomatoes. I also really like the flavor.


On Dec 6, 2009, boxelder from Salfordville, PA wrote:

I started these wonderful plants from seeds in a slightly shaded east facing window, and germination was near 100%. In PA this year we had an overly wet season, and all my tomato plants (about 20) had fungal leaf spot problems by mid summer, but that did not stop Costoluto Genovese at all. Production was higher then the 2 other time tested hybrids I planted along side with, and the flavor is unmatched! Flavor is acidic...real tomato taste, and my wife and I used them fresh and for cooking with. They are highly lobed, and some say ugly looking. I prefer to say that these tomatos are so ugly that they are beautiful. I will always grow this variety in my gardens!


On Jan 17, 2009, ncowan2005 from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

We love this tomato. Enormously productive, right until frost, with very little effort. Definitely needs (ground and plant) suckers removed vigilantly. We found the flavor incredible. A bit tangier and acidic than a Beefsteak or Brandywine so great in salads, especially with Italian cheese! Also a great sauce tomato. And each tomato is like a work of art. The people who grew the unribbed version may be growing the vastly inferior Fiorentino.


On Nov 9, 2007, tarheel2az from Tonto Basin, AZ wrote:

One of the most heat tolerant varieties I've tried (Roosevelt, AZ). Prolific, but important to nip sucker shoots or fruit size suffered. I liked the taste, my wife thought it so-so, a co-worker the best tasting tomato ever. Go figure.


On Sep 24, 2007, billbird2111 from Sacramento, CA wrote:

This is a wonderful tomato with that "old world" tomatoey flavor. Perfect for off the vine eating in the backyard. My fruits weren't terribly large, but the plant produced by the hundreds and the taste -- again -- is absolutely out of this world good. Not the eye opening taste that you get from a Kellogg's Breakfast or Brandywine, but still worth its weight in GOLD. A winner in my garden. Will plant again and again.


On Sep 6, 2007, Amicyre from West Chester, OH wrote:

I grew this tomato as an alternative to the romas I grew last year. I wanted a meaty heirloom tomato for making sauce. This plant grew well even in the hot dry summer we had here in southern Ohio. It yielded about 50 small to medium tomatoes. It was meaty but bland. I would say it's just like a roma tomato but with a more interesting shape. It was OK but I'll try something else next year.


On Jul 24, 2007, toriastar from Arlington, VA wrote:

This is the prettiest tomato I've seen. My seeds from Tomato Growers Supply Company turned out heavily lobed and beautifully red as promised. It's the heartiest of my tomato plants. The favor is normal, not fabulous, but then I first had them when I was also trying my Carbon tomatoes, which would probably make any other tomato taste blah in comparison. I think it would be better in sauces rather than fresh, though I like how the lobes are perfect for guiding your knife when slicing.


On Sep 17, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew this variety a few years ago. Pretty fruits, but the flavor just didn't quite do it for me. A bit on the mild side.


On Sep 17, 2006, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

My plants// fruits for some reason? were not really ribbed at all. They looked slightly? ribbed when young but wound up quite smooth. Also the plants grew HORRIBLY! while other plants thrived in my garden these tomatos took forever to fruit, and then even, not much. Would not grow again. Fruit is decent taste/ texture, but does not look like it says it does, and grew terribly. (I may? have gotten wrong seed variety? since mine were smooth maybe they were marked wrong? as Costoluto fiorentino? when they were supposed to be Costoluto genovese?) ...... either way, I wouldn't grow them again (even if the seeds were mislabeled) because they grew miserably!


On Aug 15, 2006, shawteeroc from Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have an abundance of tomatoes, but I have not experienced the accordion shape that they are known for. The taste is OK, though a little watery and bland - a bit like a supermarket tomato in flavor.


On Jul 25, 2006, BDale60 from Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Somewhat mixed experiences with it, but definitely a positive rating on balance. Hardy plant, excellent taste for sauces (and for eating fresh) and (for me) moderately productive. My only reservations have to do with the variations I've seen in the mature fruit. I've grown it two or three different times, with seed from different companies, with remarkably different appearances in the mature fruit. I loved the bright red, heavily lobed or ridged fruits I grew the first year (like some of the photos on this website) but never got that same appearance in subsequent attempts. Flatter, rounder, and plainer. When I grow it again I'll go back to the original seed company that gave me the best results.


On Jul 25, 2004, Sequee from Carmel, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Truly an awesome tomato! It grows quickly and the tomato is beautiful at every stage. I'm having a HUGE problem with whitelies this year, but this plant remains totally undaunted. This tomato is currently ranked in my top two!


On Jul 21, 2004, alaska_rick from Juneau, AK (Zone 5a) wrote:

Seems to be growing here in Juneau, Alaska. I have 3 plants going. No ripe tomatoes as of today, July 21. One fairly large green one - about the size of my fist - and twenty smaller green tomatoes. The plants are about 6 ft tall. One plant is in a container that I move in and out of the house on bad weather days. The other two are partially protected in a open sided cold frame.