We hand-select our products directly from Italy's regions known for their native flavors and distinctive products.
The D.O.P Certification
To distinguish whether or not the “San Marzano Tomatoes” you are buying from your local store are truly authentic and from the precise region and the right strain of tomato, they are put through a rigorous certification process. This strict process is followed to protect the designation of origin rights so that when someone buys San Marzano Tomatoes they get what they expected. Similar to Champagne or Prosecco, it is about the region it comes from.
DOP Denominazioned' Origine Protetta meaning Protected Designation of Origin. To receive the certification, tomato farmers must follow multiple, specific guidelines. Starting with the seeds of the tomatoes, they must date back to the original strain of San Marzano tomato. They cannot be genetically modified in any way. The tomatoes also must be grown in the Sarnese Nocerino area of Italy, with specific all-natural farming practices. They must be harvested at a specific point by hand when the size, shape and color are up to regulation. Lastly the tomatoes are peeled when packed and kept whole or cut in half but are not chopped or diced. They are packed into cans only and not into jars which helps to distinguish them from imitations. All the work that goes into these certified DOP tomatoes is the reason they are prized so highly. That is why many cans at your grocer may not have the official Italian certification stamps. They may not have wanted to go through all the different measures of certification, have GMO tomatoes, were grown in other parts of the world, or any number of other reasons. That is why the farmers that put in the effort to follow these guidelines want to have their products protected from being grouped in with tomatoes of lesser quality. (Read the full list of regulations here) Tomato producers that want to sell similar tomatoes may call them San Marzano or Italian Style tomatoes to distinguish them. These tomatoes are not truly from the Sarnese Nocerino area; commonly they are grown throughout the US or somewhere else in the world.
Below is the BRIX Content of our San Marzano Tomatoes.
What is BRIX?
It represents the percentage of quantity of the soluble solid contained in the tomatoe .
This measurement is made by refractometer .
The refractometer is a laboratory or field device for the measurement of the index of refraction
given by the presence of sugar of a quantity of tomato.
Example : When we say that the brix of our toamtoes is 8 % means that when we consider a quantity of 100
g. of the product , the sugar is in quantity 8 g.
OUR SAN MARZANO TOMATO
100 g. of material row contain:
93:95 % water
2.5:3.2 % sugar
0.2:0.4 % fats
0.6:1% nitrogen materials
1.8 % polysaccaride and fibers
THE DRY MATTER OR DRY WEIGHT IS A MEASUREMENT OF THE MASS OF TOMATO WHEN COMPLETELY DRIED
It represents the percentage of total solids that are in the tomato ( soluble solids and insoluble solids)