Tomato Concentrate - Tomato Cultivation - Marismas de Lebrija

Cultivation of tomato

The tomato for industrial use is grown under Integrated Production Systems, which helps maintain and enhance environmental biodiversity in marshlands.

The practices for growing industrial tomato consist of enhancing production techniques with environmentally-sound waste management to protect the quality of water and soil.

Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum) is a dicotyledonous, perennial and shrubby plant that belongs to the Solanaceae family.

We cultivate limited-growth tomato varieties with flower-supporting internodes topped with a floral cluster. Once the cluster appears, the plant stops developing and all the fruits grow simultaneously. This allows for even ripening of the tomato, which allows harvesting under optimal conditions for manufacturing the processed product.

The first step in industrial tomato farming is to prepare the land. The soil must be dry and in good condition. Ideally, tomato plants should be grown in deep, well-drained soils, as they do not tolerate waterlogged conditions nor excess water.

Stages of industrial tomato farming

As a rule of thumb, planting takes place in early March. The plants are arranged in an orderly manner to facilitate harvesting when optimum ripening has been achieved.

At the beginning, tomato plants should be abundantly watered to help the plant adapt to the soil and encourage root growth. This process will be repeated several times to deliver nutrients through fertigation. This allows the amount of nutrients to be kept at the minimum strictly necessary.

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Tomato plants are relatively resistant to salinity. This means that our salt marshlands are ideal for growing tomatoes. In fact, salt gives our products a special flavour.

As the tomato plants develop and go through different phenological stages, our technical team closely monitors the process as part of the comprehensive Service rendered by our company. The weekly visits to the farms and continual contact with our farmers enables rigorous monitoring of pests, diseases, use of fertilisers and irrigation.

Harvest takes place between July and September, when the tomato has reached optimum ripeness. It is at this time that this process is carried out. The harvested tomato is transported to our facilities and processed the same day.

Owing to the care put into its farming and subsequent processing, the concentrated tomato produced by Las Marismas de Lebrija SCA is one of the most sought after in the world, with presence in all continents.