‘Cancelmo Family Heirloom’ is an old family tomato variety. Walt Swokla from Connecticut sent the seeds to Craig LeHoullier in time to grow out during the 2017 season. This is what Mr. Swokla wrote about the history of this tomato:
‘My Grandmother brought [the seeds] over to America from Popoli [Italy] in 1917. My Grandma passed in 1978, and she stopped gardening in the late 60’s. I found the frozen seeds (circa 11/2002) when cleaning out the freezer after my Father passed in 2013. My Mother died from Alzheimer’s in 2007 and kept a garden until approximately 2002. My Mother, out of love and necessity, was a seed saver like her Mother, and growing these seeds have allowed me to continue the legacy of her love affair with Tradition and Gardens. I have saved the seeds from this harvest and will share them with our extended Family to insure that my Mom’s memory and connection to our roots live on’.
Craig LeHoullier shared the seed with ‘Victory Seed Company’. ‘Cancelmo Family Heirloom’ was introduced commercialy in 2018 by ‘Victory Seed Company’.
‘Cancelmo Family Heirloom’ is an indeterminate, regular leaf plant, that produce pink, medium to large-sized (about 5-16 oz.) pointy, heart-shaped fruits. The taste is mild, smooth, balanced, though slightly tangy, flavor. Late, about 90 days from transplant.
Photo credit: Vi Kora, Vida Timinskiene