Richard Ha writes:
Published: June 29, 2012
WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- The reason bright, uniformly red tomatoes in supermarkets lack the flavor to match their intense color is genetics, U.S. plant researchers say.
A gene mutation that makes a tomato uniformly red, favored by farmers as it produces a visually attractive product, stifles genes that would contribute to its taste, scientists said.
The chance mutation discovered by tomato breeders has been deliberately bred into almost all tomatoes for the color it provides.
Researchers writing in the journal Science report the gene that was inactivated by that mutation -- resulting in a brighter uniform color -- plays an important role in producing the sugar and aromas that are central to a flavorful tomato. Read the rest
And here's another interesting article on the same subject from NPR:
June 28, 2012
by DAN CHARLES
Notice how some of these tomatoes have unripe-looking tops? Those "green shoulders" are actually the keys to flavor.
Today, scientists revealed a small but intriguing chapter in that story: a genetic mutation that seemed like a real improvement in the tomato's quality, but which actually undermined its taste. Read the rest
We are great fans of heirloom tomatoes. They taste great. I like them simply sliced and chilled with sea salt - sometimes with mozzarella cheese.