(80 days) Indeterminate. Savignac performs well in cool, wet conditions as well as drought and even tolerates a bit of shade (not too much!). It produces prodigious amounts of medium-sized, rose-red, round fruits that are juicy and sweet. Perfect for fresh eating or canning. Since we never know what kind of season we’re going to get, and its nice to have some good tasting tomatoes when the nights start to get cool in the fall, every garden should have a couple of these.
DetailsIn 1948, Father Armand Savignac, cleric of Saint-Viator at the Seminary of Joliette, obtained the seeds through Raymond Dufresne from Saint-Felix-de-Valois in the Lanaudière. He was so impressed by the vigour of the plants that he abandoned all other cultivars in order to devote himself exclusively to the cultivation of this tomato. He named it in honour of the man who had given him the seeds. It is for this reason that is also known as the Dufresne tomato.
Lanaudière is situated northeast of Montreal, between the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains. The variety is well adapted to Quebec’s cool climate and short summers.
Orchardists in the area have said that the tomato variety has been in the Montreal area since the 18th century and was common until around 1950. There are currently few seed companies producing the Savignac tomato and consequently the variety is at high risk of being lost.