High-yielding heirloom paste tomato. This “sausage” type paste tomato produces large, 8–10 oz., elongated fruits that are easy to process into sauce. An excellent canning tomato, it also tastes great when eaten fresh. Attractive green shoulders give a distinct heirloom look. Fruits ripen during a concentrated period, allowing for a more efficient canning process. It is well-adapted to northern climates, and resists disease and blossom end rot better than others of its type. This strain of Blue Beech was originally brought to Vermont from Italy during WWII.