I was reading this recipe for Guiso Argentino and came across the following line in the list of ingredients:

Tomate perita 1 lata

Google translate gives me "adept" or "proficient" for "perita" and I know that "pera" means "pear", but none of these translations make sense. In this context, what is the meaning of "tomate perita"?

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    Google's answer must be related to perito (n.): an expert in some field that can usually be consulted (e. g. in court) or relied upon for an informed opinion. Nothing to do with pera. – pablodf76 Jan 26 '17 at 22:21

"Tomate perita" is one variety of tomato that takes its name after its shape resembling a pear.

I found some references in elhuerto20 and gastronomía y cía.

De marzo a julio aproximadamente, en tierras de climas cálidos se recolecta el tomate pera, fruto híbrido de la tomatera que recibe este nombre debido a su característica forma alargada y oblonga. De las diferentes variedades que se cultivan de tomates pera, quizá el más valorado es el conocido como Roma, al que le sigue el Rio Grande, cuyo cultivo está más destinado a la productividad. Pero hay muchas otras variedades, muy similares en aspecto, otras no tanto, incluso hay tomates cherry pera y menos común, al menos en nuestra zona, es el tomate pera amarillo.

In the article of Wikipedia of Tomato there is the section Varieties:

Pear tomatoes are pear-shaped, and are based upon the San Marzano types for a richer gourmet paste.

Find one image here, taken from frutaselporton:

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    Would you know if "tomate perita" refers to the same variety as "Roma tomato" in English? – intcreator Aug 1 '15 at 19:44
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    From the images in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_tomato they look very much alike. I am not an expert in tomatos (even though I love them) but I would say "yes, they do". And if they don't, they are almost brothers : ) – fedorqui 'SO stop harming' Aug 1 '15 at 19:46
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    Wait...it says right there in the description that you posted. How did neither of us see that? – intcreator Aug 2 '15 at 15:04
  • Haha you are right! – fedorqui 'SO stop harming' Aug 3 '15 at 8:35
  • Tomates peritas are not really pear-shaped; they're just not round (as you can see in the picture). I don't think they taste different from the others. – pablodf76 Jan 26 '17 at 22:19

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