piennolo del Vesuvio PDO (vesuvian cherry tomato) is a traditional product from
Campania, grown on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius.
It has been
granted PDO status since 2009, thanks to the land that makes it develop
excellently, increasing its organoleptic properties. These kinds of tomatoes
are not all the same; every tomato is the result of an efficient research made by
the farmers, who have their own seed, which are passed on from generation to
According to the observation made
during growing and on the basis of pedo-climatic diversity (soil/climate
interaction), Eligo has selected and grown different kinds of vesuvian
pomodorino del piennolo ecotypes.
The fruits of
this plant are round shaped, they have a thick peel and a lava red colour.
This is all
possible thanks to the conjunction of different aspects: first of all, the
fertility of the lava soil in which they are grown, it is full of minerals
which feed the plants; secondly, the accurate selection of seeds made by the
farmer; finally, the environment-friendly cultivation.
Additionally, in accordance
with the procedural guideline, rescue irrigation is the only way of irrigating
allowed. Every growing activity is made in a traditional way, through
mechanical weeding and dryland farming techniques.
What is essential in
dryland farming is ploughing; in fact, the vesuvian area is characterised by a
Mediterranean climate, added to which are the great contrasts in temperature of
the soil. To protect water supplies, the land is continually shaken on the
surface, removing the infesting vegetation and preventing the evaporation
Noxious weeds damage cultivation with
all kind of climate, but also damage dry environment because they exhaust the
water supplies of the soil.