The A Grappoli D’Inverno tomato is a great choice for gardeners who want to have tomatoes year-round. It’s very productive and can be grown in both containers and traditional row gardens. Discover this old Italian “Winter Grape” tomato and learn if it’s right for your tomato patch.
History of the A Grappoli D’Inverno Tomato
The A Grappoli D’Inverno tomato is an heirloom variety that has a long and interesting history. It is believed to have originated in the Naples area of Italy and was brought to the United States in the early 1900s.
This tomato is unique because it is one of the few that are productive in both the summer and winter. The fruit is the shape of a plum, about the size of a cherry, and has a deep red color.
About the A Grappoli D’Inverno Tomato
Many people grow this tomato in a container. This allows them to grow it on a patio or deck, or to bring it inside during the cold winter months.
When growing in a traditional row garden, plant the tomatoes 18 inches apart in rows that are 36 inches apart.
In raised beds, plants can be grown 10-12 inches apart.
They are a compact, indeterminate variety. The bush can be 4 feet around.
The A Grappoli D’Inverno tomato is a very productive Grape Variety and will fruit from late summer through winter, so you can enjoy fresh tomatoes all year long.
To learn more about the different types of tomatoes, determinate and indeterminate, and more you can check out our Tomato Articles.
Tips for Growing
- You can use a soil-less mix if grown in a container garden
- For traditional row gardens, space the plants 18 inches apart in rows that are 36 inches apart
- For raised bed gardens space the plants 10-12 inches apart.
- Like most tomatoes, they do well in well-drained, loamy, and sandy soils with a pH of 6-7, but they may be grown in almost every soil type except for very heavy clay.
- Tomatoes do not thrive in dry soil but avoid planting them in any area that gets waterlogged or has standing water after a rain.
- For more on improving your soil, soil pH, or growing tomatoes, we have information to help you.
Taste of the Tomato
The A Grappoli D’Inverno tomato has a sweet and fruity taste.
This tomato is perfect for fresh eating, but can also be used in salads, salsas, and sauces.
Uses of A Grappoli D’Inverno Tomato
The A Grappoli D’Inverno Tomato can be used in a variety of recipes, both sweet and savory. It is great in sauces, salads, and salsas. Its sweet flavor is perfect for desserts, such as sorbet or gelato.
How to Preserve A Grappoli D’Inverno Tomatoes
They are easy to hang for winter fruit. Gently pull the plant from the ground, roots and all just before the first frost. Shake off any excess dirt and hang them in a cool place away from sunlight.
This plant is compact, so it will not take up much space. The tomatoes will slowly ripen and it’s not unusual to be eating tomatoes from this plant at Christmas if kept cool and dry.
They are perfect for dehydrating or making sun-dried tomatoes. Because of their sweet flavor, they make delicious preserves and jelly.
Where to Purchase the A Grappoli D’Inverno Tomato
This variety is widely available but we use Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for any seed we want to buy if they have it available. We are not affiliated with them, but we have been happy customers and supporters for over 10 years.
The A Grappoli D’Inverno tomato is a unique variety that is productive in both the summer and winter. The fruit is the shape of a plum, about the size of a cherry, and has a deep red color.
It is believed to have originated in Naples, Italy, and was brought to the United States in the early 1900s.
This Grape Variety of tomatoes is perfect for fresh eating, but can also be used in salads, salsas, and sauces, dehydrated for snacks, and makes delicious preserves or jelly.
Learn more about other tomato varieties.
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