This exquisite tomato is grown from a seed called "SMEC 20," commonly known as Antico Pomodoro di Napoli and as Miracolo di San Gennaro Pomodoro - the only tomato seed protected by Slow Food. Their nickname comes from the patron saint of Napoli, where the saint’s blood is said to turn to liquid in a church twice a year, bringing good luck to the city and to the region. Southern Italian communities within Italy and around the world hold festive celebrations in August and September in honor of San Gennaro, but apparently tomato growers with a sense of humor thought their exceptional tomatoes were a way to celebrate this saint’s bloody miracle all year long….
Sabatino grows his tomatoes near the town of Sant'Antonio Abate in the region of Campania. The tomatoes are harvested in late summer when they are at the perfect ripeness, and only picked after sunset when the humidity levels are right, according to tradition. Sabatino believes that tomatoes are like wine, requiring the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, so like wine, he ages his tomatoes underground for sixty days to allow the flavors to develop.