Thanks to the efforts of the “La Mayora” Institute, dedicated to the study of Subtropical and Mediterranean cultives, the seeds of the ‘melillero’ tomato, and old variety also known as the Velez-Málaga tomato, very popular on the Axarquia due to its great taste, has been recovered.
The cultive of the ‘melillero’, also known as the ‘Velez-Malaga’ tomato, an historic variety of the Axarquia that has been underlined by its great taste, it’s possible again thanks to the seeds bank located at “La Mayora” Institute, a centre dedicated to the study of Subtropical and Mediterranean species that gathers scientific groups from the Spanish EELM-CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) and from the University of Malaga (UMA), with the aim to impulse and coordinate in a more efficient way the subtropical horticulture scientific investigations.
“La Mayora” has already report that those ‘beautiful tomatoes’ with an artificial intense red color and a identical size may grow quicker and last longer, but present almost no taste at all. That’s why they are encouraging the farmers to rescue local varieties, much more tasty, that will also be very well received on the proximity markets. One of those is the so-called ‘melillero’, one of the preferred tomatoes for all the farmers of the Velez meadow 30-40 years ago – remembered due to its intense taste.
The recovery of the ‘Velez tomato‘ thanks to the “La Mayora” Institute is a very good news with Sabor a Málaga (taste of Malaga); news that we at B bou Hotels specially like because of the commitment of our gastronomic offer to the quality on each step of the process, the maximum respect for raw materials and our bet for local and seasonal produces.