When you think of Italian tomatoes, you probably think of San Marzano. Certainly, no tomato has gained more international fame than those deliciously firm, flavorful gems that grow in the town of San Marzano sul Sarno in Campania. Their unique geography is recognized with DOP certification, adding to their esteemed reputation. But they’re just one of the many delicious varieties that thrive in this gorgeous part of the country.
In the southwestern region of Campania, the same part of Italy that is home to the pizza and pasta-making traditions of Naples, Corbara is a small town with an extraordinary microclimate. Mountainous and vibrant, part of the historic province of Salerno, Corbara is located between the sky and the sea—on one side, it faces the low-lying Agro Nocerino-Sarnese, where San Marzanos grow; on the other side shines the sun of the Amalfi coast.
There, on the slopes of Monti Lattari in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, grow the most intensely flavorful tomatoes, from unique varieties that can’t be grown anywhere else. Small local farmers grow the best quality tomatoes the old-fashioned way, supported by wooden stakes on terraced hillsides, watered only by the rain. The rich volcanic soil nurtures the growing plants, and as they bask in the dry heat of the southern sun, the sugars in the fruit become super concentrated. The result is intensely flavorful tomatoes which are processed at low temperatures to preserve their freshness. They’re also higher in nutritional properties, mainly the antioxidant lycopene, because of their unique growing and jarring process.
From tiny red pomodorini to golden yellow jewels and firm, meaty plum tomatoes, tomatoes from Corbara cover the spectrum of sweet, umami-packed possibilities. They can be cooked down to make smooth, luxuriously rich sauces or used straight out of the jar in place of fresh—giving you access to peak tomato season all year round. Choose your favorite from the many flavors of Corbara we have collected here.