A cooking tomato that is ideal for making pasta sauces.

Fruit type: large pear


Solanum lycopersicum

A red-ripe cooking tomato with a thick, meaty flesh. The fruit are great for making pasta sauces, but aren’t so good for fresh eating because they have so little juice.The bulbous, pear-shaped fruit come to a pin-sharp point. They grow on determinate plants that have a bushy, somewhat spreading growth habit. Lay down some mulch, and grow the plants unsupported in the ground.  They also do well in large pots about 7.5 to 10 litres in size.

 You could try growing them outdoors in warmer parts of the country. Though they are somewhat late to mature, the plants are good producers in those years when blight isn’t a problem.For more reliable crops, however, grow them undercover in a tunnel or greenhouse where blight will be less of a problem.

Determinate (bush) growth habit.

Approximate number of seeds per pack: 20

Additional information

Variety history

Nova was originally released by the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in the 1970s. We first obtained the seed sometime in the 1990s, though we’re not sure exactly when.