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Tomato Red Pear (106-107)

$5.50 - $37.00

BESTSELLER! Franchi's Red Pear tomato is an old North Italian variety specially selected by Franchi Sementi. It is a red, pear-shaped beefsteak. An outstanding producer of huge (as in 8-18 ounce) very tasty fruit. Great fresh eating. Early for such a large plant (70-75 days). This is not the small pear shaped tomato called red pear by U.S. seed companies. Pear shaped with vertical ribs - a must try. Really meaty containing few seeds. Indeterminate. 1 gram packet, approximately 250 seeds. Approximately 250-380 seeds per gram.

To see our growing guide for tomatoes, click here.

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BESTSELLER! Franchi's Red Pear tomato is an old North Italian variety specially selected by Franchi Sementi. It is a red, pear-shaped beefsteak. An outstanding producer of huge (as in 8-18 ounce) very tasty fruit. Great fresh eating. Early for such a large plant (70-75 days). This is not the small pear shaped tomato called red pear by U.S. seed companies. Pear shaped with vertical ribs - a must try. Really meaty containing few seeds. Indeterminate. 1 gram packet, approximately 250 seeds. Approximately 250-380 seeds per gram.

To see our growing guide for tomatoes, click here.

Reviews (34)

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Very disappointed with Red Pear. I was looking for a large, open-pollinated tomato with high solids content similar to Roma but with good flavor. Red Pear looked promising based on all the five-star accolades but alas, the fruits are quite bland, on par with standard shipping Romas. On the plus side, Red Pear is vigorous, productive, bearing solid fruit with few cases of blossom end rot. However, the good traits were not enough to offset the lack of flavor, earning Red Pear no more than two stars in my book. As others have noted, the fruits have a peculiar shape that may not make them big sellers at the farmer's market. Also noted one "off-type" with differently shaped fruit and growth habit, which I've encountered before with Franchi seeds (looking at you San Marzano). We grow 50+ tomatoes every year for various purposes and so far this season has been good for tomato production here in North Carolina. We also test our soil annually to ensure optimal levels of essential nutrients and pH. Sadly, I won't be planting Red Pear again.
Posted by Robert on 18th Jul 2020

It is early, prolific, produces all season here in Portland, Oregon. The starts were put out in mid May. My first ripe tomato appeared within 60 days of setting out. The bulk I have picked in the last week of August and first week of September. I got 30 lbs. from five plants in the past few days of early September. Meaty and sweet. No diseases. Good fresh and for canning sauce. Closest tomato to perfect I have grown.
Posted by Dave on 10th Sep 2019

I live in a tomato producing area, but am always disappointed with what’s on offer. Nothing lives up to my memories of tomatoes from childhood tomato raids on my families garden. Nothing till now. The red pear is it. All that warm sunshine perfect tomato taste of my memories. It took me straight back to my childhood. I’m only growing 3 plants in homemade cages from concrete reinforcement wire. 3 ft diameter and 5 ft tall. They are completely filled by June. I actually had to prune them a bit to control them. Between the 3 plants I estimate that I may have as many as 80 large fruits. I have only lost one fruit to blossom end rot, and two to caterpillars. No disease, no sunburning (I’m in Central Valley of California), and loads of amazing fruit. I will definitely save seed to keep this beauty in my garden forever. Thank you Seeds from Italy for sharing this variety with us. Superior tomato.
Posted by Shannon Robinson on 26th Jun 2019