Most Of Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Are Fake
Variety of San Marzano, unlike other tomatoes, is distinguished by a stronger taste, it is sweeter and less acidic, which makes them an ideal ingredient for sauces. Quite often they can be found in a bath in their juice, and their price is slightly higher, but as it turned out, not everywhere these tomatoes are real.
Like the Chianti wine, the tomatoes of San Marzano have the right to be called so, only when they are grown in a certain protected region of Italy – Valle De Sarno (Sarno Valley). They are considered one of the only varieties that can be used for traditional Neapolitan pizza – Vera Neapolitana.
As Taste reports, San Marzano variations can be found diced or crushed and for a much lower price, although certified tomatoes with the DOP label are sold in a tin can whole.
They are almost like designer bags that sell on the main tourist streets in the world: if the price is too good to be true, it is most likely a fake.
To distinguish real tomatoes from fake ones, look for DOP or consortium stamps (an association of manufacturing companies whose primary functions are control and quality control of the product), as well as certification number at the bottom of the can.