Friday, June 29, 2012
Why red tomatoes don't always taste good
So, now we know why store bought tomatoes taste so, well, tasteless. According to an article in The New York Times, commercial tomato farmers plant varieties that have been bred with a genetic mutation that makes them ripen to a perfectly rosey red. But that gene also inhibits their flavor. As they grow, they produce less of the sugar and aroma that enhances their taste. Thankfully heirloom tomatoes, the kind we grow, are all natural. They may not be uniformly red from the stem to the tip. In fact they are almost always misshapen, oddly colored and cracked. But they sure taste great!