We selected two types of pomodorini appesi — Italian winter or hanging tomatoes — to grow this season. The Aprile, named after the masseria in Puglia where the seeds came from, are now in their second year.
The Ponderosa del Oro, another pomodorini from Puglia, are also a repeat from last year.
The growing conditions this year seemed particularly favorable, and both varieties of pomodorini produced insanely prodigious amounts of fruit. Above: Laden vines, 9/15/12.
Some of the pomodorini had started ripening by mid-September, and we began bringing them in for storage. The main harvest was on October 2nd, when the bulk of them were picked. Above: Trays of harvested Aprile pomodorini, 10/2/12.
The Ponderosa sel Oro ripened much later than the Aprile. We were about to be away for three weeks and, with the cold fast approaching, we were forced to harvest the pomodorini while still green.
We now have two tables full of pomodorini on newsprint-lined trays stored in the basement, all from just 4 plants. Above: The pomodorini after harvest, 10/2/12.
So far, these pomodorini harvested in September are storing well. We go through them about once a week and remove the damaged ones.
It’s been six weeks since these were harvested. The Ponderosa (above, top) are slowly turning orange as they ripen; only a very few appear to be damaged. The late-harvested Aprile (above, bottom) seem to be more compromised, and aren’t holding up as well as those harvested earlier.