26 May '12, 8pm

Why Do Fresh Tomatoes Taste So Much Better Than Store-Bought Ones?

Why Do Fresh Tomatoes Taste So Much Better Than Store-Bought Ones?

Fresh tomatoes are very flavorful, while store-bought ones sometimes don’t taste like much of anything. Why? New research just published in the journal Current Biology answers that question. “We now know exactly what we need to do to fix the broken tomato,” said Harry Klee of the University of Florida. The flavor of a tomato depends on the sugars, acids, and aroma volatiles in it. This new research was done to identify which of these chemicals contributes to taste preferences the most. The researchers first assembled chemical profiles of 278 tomato samples, representing 152 different heirloom varieties. Most of these varieties were bred before the commercial tomato varieties of today even existed. The samples had a very wide chemical diversity, with variation in the aromatic volatiles between the different varieties as high as 3,000-fold. The researchers then did a taste t...

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