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Old 06-29-2009, 08:28 AM   #11
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Yup, lots of imitators out there. Took me forever to find authentic ones. What a waste of time. :)

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Old 06-29-2009, 08:35 AM   #12
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According to THIS it should be very easy to tell if you have the authentic product, and not some other product...


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Old 06-29-2009, 08:50 AM   #13
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Thanks, UB. That's the brand I use. There is a difference in taste. Also, the acidic tartness often associated with canned tomatoes is not there.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:07 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
If they were grown in San Marzano Italy, and canned in California, I certainly don't want them!

I am interested in the trucks that made the trip though.
Thanks Andy for the morning laugh. And I do agree that if they're shipping tomatoes to California to can, there is certainly something fishy there.


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Old 06-29-2009, 10:03 AM   #15
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there are cans of 1) san marzanno variety tomatoes grown in other places
2) tomatoes of some variety grown in san marzanno region, 3) and san marzanno variety tomatoes grown in san marzanno and canned there. If you get the 3rd, the real thing, it should have a DOP garauntee from the Italian GOv't on the can, the tomatoes are very meaty and sweet and make a rich sauce. Other Roma tomatoes are great too, but are not as meaty or sweet.

I use them for sauce for spaghetti. I use a great California tomato product from Muir Glen for chili, and a fine Jersey canned tom for soups, stews etc.

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