The Quest To Return Tomatoes To Their Full-Flavoured Glory

The Quest To Return
For most city dwellers, the luscious taste of a vine-ripened garden tomato bursting in the mouth is little more than a distant memory. Sadly for supermarket shoppers, the standard grocery varieties have grown bigger, blander and hardier for cross-country shipping and storage. Now scientists have charted the genetic path that made today’s tomatoes nearly unrecognizable from their more flavorful predecessors.

By uncovering the tomato's genetic journey, researchers have identified key flavor-enhancing genes that have dwindled or disappeared as the tomato changed over the years. Armed with this new knowledge, they believe they can return that taste to today’s supermarket tomatoes—with a little genetic fiddling.

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