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Old 05-02-2008, 10:03 AM   #1
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Canned San Marzano tomatoes (merged)

I asked the DW to pick up a couple cans, and much to my chagrin, there were grown in the USA. Not that that's bad, but I wanted some 'authentic' San Marzano tomatoes.

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I'm going to do a taste test on the two brands to see if there's a big difference.

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Old 05-02-2008, 10:05 AM   #2
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i made the same mistake once Jeekinz with the same brand. It was when I first heard of San Marzano tomatoes, but I had never seen them before. i saw that can and bought them only to really read the label when I got home
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I can't get any kind of San Marzano Tomatoes around here. But I do get Balderson Heritage 5-year aged cheddar, the best I've ever tasted.

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Old 05-02-2008, 10:12 AM   #4
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Cento puts out a great product. I may just limit my canned tomato products to that brand.

I will do the taste test though and post my opinion.

Edit: Actually, the san marzano is supposed to have more flesh than a roma. The ones in the white can looked exactly like a whole canned roma. I cooked the braise last night for tonights dinner, so I haven't been able to sample them yet.
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I asked the DW to pick up a couple cans, and much to my chagrin, there were grown in the USA. Not that that's bad, but I wanted some 'authentic' San Marzano tomatoes.

Bought these



Should have bought these



I'm going to do a taste test on the two brands to see if there's a big difference.
I made that same mistake, Jeekinz.. I buy fresh local San Marzano's at the greenmarket, but I think I want the Italian ones if they're canned. I haven't opened that can yet, so can't be sure.... however, I think they ought to state their provenance more prominently
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,,,I buy fresh local San Marzano's at the greenmarket...

I thought the tomatoes had to be grown in the San Marzano region of Italy to be correctly called San Marzano tomatoes.
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I thought the tomatoes had to be grown in the San Marzano region of Italy to be correctly called San Marzano tomatoes.
You would think so Andy. That would only make sense. Unfortunately it seems they can call them San Marzano regardless of where they are grown.
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I thought the tomatoes had to be grown in the San Marzano region of Italy to be correctly called San Marzano tomatoes.
Yes. There is alot of missing information on Wiki. Cento San Marzano D.O.P Tomatoes
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You would think so Andy. That would only make sense. Unfortunately it seems they can call them San Marzano regardless of where they are grown.

That's true. You can get Bugundy wine made in California too.
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Ive seen those California "San Marzanos" in the store. But you're right, they are not the real thing. The distinctive feature of real Italian SM's is the taste/texture they have from the soil they are grown in.

Does that can claim they are San Marzano tomatoes? Or are they claiming it is a brand name?
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