The Raf tomato variety originates from a cross by natural selection, made in 1961, between the tomato “Marmande Clause 27” and a variety of American common tomato resistant to Fusarium race. This crossing was made by the French company CLAUSE, and registered in the register of varieties in France in 1967 under the trade name of RAF (Resistant at Fusarium). Thus it came to the first variety resistant to the common strain of "Fusarium oxysporum" was giving so many problems in Almería tomato crops.
Completed registration, the RAF quickly start your tomato crop distribution and Spain, the latter focusing primarily on the southeastern provinces Spanish: Alicante, Murcia and Almeria. However, it was in Almería where variety Raf got the best adaptation, mainly due to saline soils and conditions existing on the plains of La Cañada and the Alquián weather.
In the 90s, and with the arrival of (better known as virus spoon) TYLCV virus production is reduced drastically Raf by winning the "longlife" varieties markets. At this house evolves Clause seed variety Raf with the appearance of the variety Raf "Delizia". It is was both the first hybrid variety of tomato Raf, initiating the dramatic appearance on the market of many hybrid varieties, which today account for over 95% of the total production of Raf tomato.
In pepeRaf cultivate only the original variety of Tomato Raf, which is not hybrid or GM... is the same as our grandparents grew. At present there are many seeds that try to imitate the Raf tomato, yet its taste, texture and properties are not comparable to those of authentic Raf tomatoes CLAUSE House, we market from its origins in pepeRaf.
How is a Raf tomato?
A picture is worth a thousand words.
In this video we show you how to differentiate an authentic pepeRaf Raf tomato.
It is a fruit of good quality, ribbed, green collar well marked, very meaty with a small blossom end with a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, and the presence of aromatic substances that give it a unique taste.
The Raf variety is a 100% natural, which should NOT be confused with other hybrids, or imitations as: Delizia, Conquista, Marmalindo...
In our culture we do NOT use grafts from other varieties. They produce a larger fruit growth, but considerable loss of their properties.
In pepeRaf NO use hormones, or other chemical agent for growth or flavor enhancer. Our tomatoes taste like tomatoes Raf really.
To cultivate the authentic Raf tomato you need a long experience, and knowledge of its unique natural environment that provides you with such special characteristics.
Soil is a fundamental Raf tomato growing factor, as this has a very weak root.
In pepeRaf grow from October to June, leaving the rest of the months for our floor rest, performing light irrigation maintenance that also provide ideal growing salinity. Before each planting also disinfected soil depth is performed to avoid pests and rich natural manure adds organic matter and minerals that we bring from Castilla La Mancha.
This is essential and depends entirely on the experience accumulated over the years. Only experienced farmers such as pepeRaf can control their cultivation to achieve the ideal result.
In pepeRaf have no choice but to sacrifice quantity for quality, leaving only two stems each plant and use our experience with short spaced to get the real risks Raf tomato. If you try to increase production, leaving more stems or increasing irrigation and subscribers the smoothest tomato will lose firmness, flavor and some of its properties.
Also actively committed to new ways of controlling pests such as the use of "Nesidiocoris Tenuis" that through integrated pest whitefly controls.