Alce Nero organic tomato purée is made from elongated tomatoes, including Coimbra, Ercole, and other varieties, which are grown on approximately 30 farms in the Po Delta in the provinces of Ferrara and Ravenna. The tomato varieties we’ve selected for our range of ready-made purées and sauces feature firm, well-structured flesh as well as a sweet and delicate flavour. The tomatoes, which are harvested in July, August, and September at just the right level of ripeness, are processed within eight hours on average in order to preserve all the flavour, aroma, and nutrients. Once they’ve been washed and selected, steam is used to remove the skin from the tomatoes and it’s only after this that the tomatoes are crushed, strained and concentrated. The product is then brought to a high temperature, bottled and then pasteurised to guarantee that it won’t perish. The organoleptic qualities of the tomatoes are constantly controlled and checked to ensure the best possible taste — from the field right through to processing.