The Italian division of Top Seeds International, the vegetable seed company that specializes in the development, production, and distribution of hybrid varieties, is launching its first mini-plum tomato, Fanello, on the market, which is the outcome of more than four years of research.
TSI Italia has concentrated on flavor in particular in the development of this variety, which is grown so far in Sicily and is being launched now. “The mini-plum tomato market is strongly focused on flavor, and Fanello meets this need in full. Fanello is characterized by a sweetness of up to 11 degrees Brix, one of the highest on the market in this category,” comments Fabrizio Iurato, Product developer & Sales Reps of TSI Italia, the commercial subsidiary of Top Seeds International.
Fanello has a very low dropping rate; fruit stays firmly attached to the stalk. The stalk also helps to maintain freshness: Fanello has a lengthy shelf-life, with fruit staying firmer for longer.
From a growing point of view, Fanello can be transplanted at different times of the year, from September to late May, with harvesting from November to August. After the trials in Sicily, the growing of Fanello also began in central Italy in February-March of this year.
“Fanello is the name of a part of Vittoria (a town near Ragusa, Sicily) where the fruit and vegetable market is held,” explains Rosario Privitera, Area Manager for Central-Southern Italy. “We intend this name to celebrate Sicily and the area where this tomato originated, and to help to promote it worldwide.”