27 May '12, 5am

The Secrets of Tasty Tomatoes Discovered - Can Commercial Tomato Flavor be Fixed?

The Secrets of Tasty Tomatoes Discovered - Can Commercial Tomato Flavor be Fixed?

If you have ever grown tomatoes in your backyard, ideally from heritage seeds, harvesting each plump red fruit at the height of ripeness, you know there is something missing from the hothouse hybrids at the local grocery. Now scientists know exactly what makes for good tomato chemistry -- including some aromas that give the perception of sweetness independent of sugars. Moreover, they have proven a novel method for predicting and testing "likability". Corresponding author Herry Klee, of the University of Florida, says: We now know exactly what we need to do to fix the broken tomato. Studying the Diversity Lost in Modern Tomatoes Traditional food chemists have not succeeded at analyzing the chemicals in a food like a tomato, and predicting from that "chemical recipe" which tomatoes people will like the most. Even focusing on the volatile chemicals above odor thresholds -- t...

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