But just what is the history behind the Pachino tomato?
This great tomato hails from the town of Pachino, which can be found in Siracusa in the south-eastern corner of Sicily. Since plenty of people coming to Sicily opt to stay somewhere near here, there is a great opportunity to visit Pachino itself. Pachino is a dry and sunny place, pleasant to visit and even better when it comes to growing tomatoes. You’ll probably spot them on many a market stall from a distance, since the bright red colour contrasts beautifully with the deep pleasant green of the vines.
Head for the source of this amazing tomato
If you’re staying in this area a visit to the source of the tomato, Pachino itself, is definitely in order. You cannot get fresher than the tomatoes you will find for sale in the town, thanks to the shortest distance between the growing vines and the marketplace. An incredible 200,000 tons of tomatoes of this type are grown each and every year – in Sicily it is a key business and an essential part of the Sicilian economy.
Look out for some treats to take back home with you as well. Pummarola salatu are the dried version of the tomato, packed with flavour. Meanwhile the strattu is a concentrated version – and both of these can be happily transported home (if you can refrain from eating them for that long!).
How to enjoy the tomatoes you get from Pachino
Of course you’ll have the chance to explore Pachino itself while in Siracusa. However once you return to your holiday villa with those plentiful tomatoes in hand, you may wonder what you can do to best enjoy them.
My suggestion is to slice them and enjoy them just as they are, perhaps with a little olive oil drizzled over them as part of a larger salad or side dish. The Pachino tomato is exceptionally crunchy yet immensely sweet, which balances well with a little locally-produced olive oil.
Now you have the idea, it’s time to plan a trip to Pachino to find the very source of this amazing and famous tomato.