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Why supermarket tomatoes tend to taste bland
Los Angeles Times ^ | 30 June 2011 | Jon Bardin

Posted on 06/30/2012 2:03:31 AM PDT by Racehorse

The mass-produced tomatoes we buy at the grocery store tend to taste more like cardboard than fruit. Now researchers have discovered one reason why: a genetic mutation, common in store-bought tomatoes, that reduces the amount of sugar and other tasty compounds in the fruit.

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But the new study, published this week in Science, found that the mutation that leads to the uniform appearance of most store-bought tomatoes has an unintended consequence: It disrupts the production of a protein responsible for the fruit's production of sugar.

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The study authors set out to pin down the genetic change that makes tomatoes lose their dark-green top. They focused their attention on two genes — GLK1 and GLK2 — both known to be crucial for harvesting energy from sunlight in plant leaves.

They found that GLK2 is active in fruit as well as leaves — but that in uniformly colored tomatoes, it is inactivated.

Adding back an active GLK2 gene to bland, commercial-style tomatoes through genetic engineering created tomatoes that had the heirloom-style dark-green hue. The darker green comes from greater numbers of structures called chloroplasts that harvest energy from sunlight.

The harvested energy is stored as starches, which are converted to sugars when the tomatoes ripen.

The vast majority — 70% to 80% — of the sugar in tomatoes travels to the fruit from the leaves of the plant. But the remaining amount of sugar is produced in the fruit. This contribution is largely wiped out in uniform, commercial-style tomatoes — and thus they won't be as sweet.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Science
KEYWORDS: tomatoes; yummy

1 posted on 06/30/2012 2:03:44 AM PDT by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

My mother introduced me to a new (to me) variety from her garden recently. It’s the Cherokee tomato. Not real pretty but it’s delicious. It’s one of the old varieties.


2 posted on 06/30/2012 2:08:11 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; Red_Devil 232

Ping to the Weekly Gardening List?


3 posted on 06/30/2012 2:10:02 AM PDT by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

We had great tomatoes this year despite of the heat.

Have dehydrated over 120 lbs of them into which fits into little over a 5 gallon bucket.

Tomatoe Chips, very tasty. Melt in your mouth good.


4 posted on 06/30/2012 2:25:38 AM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: saganite

The heirlooms are the best. Last year, one of the varieties I planted was a Russian black. Bad year last, for tomatoes all around, but they were the best, by far.

I bought a bunch of starters this year and they have green fruit on them, but a bunch of plants germinated from last years green ones that I left.

I have high hopes for the plants that germinated. As you work a vegetable garden, you find that seeds from the plants that did good the year before are often way, way better than any store bought seeds. Tomatoes seem to be one of the plants that can adapt well to local conditions. Keeping my fingers crossed!


5 posted on 06/30/2012 2:34:39 AM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Racehorse
So true.

But my 6 tomato plants in my garden are doing fine and in about 15 days.....yum, yum.

Gotta feel sorry (yeah, right!) for our Mooselimb bros (and sistahs) who have been told that it is "Haram" (bad/forbidden) to Eat tomato, cuz....wait for it...when you cut into one, you end up (Yikes!) seeing a depiction of a Cross.

Yep, in that wonderful, new, "Democratic" Republic that our Dear Leader is soooooo excited about (Egypt) the ever sooooo "Tolerant" practitioners of the "Religion of Pieces" had (since somewhat rescinded when they were made out to be the laughing stock of the world) told their Sheeple believers not to indulge in this wonderful fruit or vegetable....take your pick.

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What I really like (and must drive the hordes of barbarian, cultists batty, is that in the example we have seen, not only does it resemble a Cross, but [the] Cross worn by the Knights Templars during the Crusades.

Yoo Hoo!

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6 posted on 06/30/2012 2:56:53 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: Racehorse; All

Our local HEB grogery chain here in Tx has an advertisment out where a farmer standing out in his tomatoe patch is bragging on being their supplier and how great his ‘home grown’ tomatoes are at HEB.
What liars. They taste like cardboard.
Made me so mad I emailed them and told them off. LOL
They answered and denied it.


7 posted on 06/30/2012 3:08:06 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Racehorse
Also people tend to refrigerate them, which ruins their flavor. That simply irritates the daylights out of me. There's still nothing better than homegrown tomatoes
8 posted on 06/30/2012 3:42:26 AM PDT by Greg123456
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To: Greg123456

9 posted on 06/30/2012 3:57:03 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: saganite

The Cherokee is kind of purple, right? Every year they sell it at my local garden center. It’s an heirloom.

I grow Rutgers which is considered the Jersey tomato.


10 posted on 06/30/2012 4:09:17 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: BerryDingle

Mine worked just not as depicted.

You would almost have to tie the stalk/stem down to make it grow downward like that.

Best results were with cherry tomatoes.


11 posted on 06/30/2012 4:13:09 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Yes it is. It has more of an acidic taste than most tomatoes but that might be a factor of the soil it’s grown in.


12 posted on 06/30/2012 4:13:50 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite

I have very acidic soil. Good for my hydrangeas but not much else!!


13 posted on 06/30/2012 4:33:04 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Racehorse

I love my tasty grape tomatoes growing in my global buckets in the yard. Two plants produce enough for daily salads. I did order some seeds for purple and black cherry tomatoes. I do not seem to have any luck with large ones the bugs and the birds have too much time to find them.


14 posted on 06/30/2012 4:36:43 AM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: Greg123456

I was thinking it was probably the radiation they use to make green tomatoes red that was killing the flavor.


15 posted on 06/30/2012 5:18:33 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: miss marmelstein
Our tomatoes are just about ready. We got a late start with seeds in the house last March. Should have been February.
Our pepper varieties are doing surprisingly well. I'm raising paprika peppers this year for the first time. I plan to dry these and grind them into powder.
Water for everything comes from the lake which is softer than our well water...
16 posted on 06/30/2012 5:21:52 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Racehorse

This may explain the science but not the real reason. I grew up with delicious tomatoes, especially Jersey Beefsteaks. Farmers were made to discontinue those in favor of bland tomatoes that can survive longer in train cars and in stores. There is some effort to rediscover the “heirloom” tomatoes but its very sad what was done.


17 posted on 06/30/2012 5:45:48 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Racehorse

a lot of them are lacking taste because they are picked green, held in coolers until needed for market and then raised in temperature, gassed with nitrogen to turn them red (actually a pinkish red color) within a couple of days and put into the market!


18 posted on 06/30/2012 5:50:01 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I’m afraid to go into my garden this morning to see how my tomatoes are faring! I only have one tiny little bead of a tomato although lots of yellow flowers.

I’d like to grow paprika! What pepper is it?


19 posted on 06/30/2012 6:28:55 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Racehorse

The best tomato I’ve ever had was from my dad’s garden about two seconds after I picked it.


20 posted on 06/30/2012 6:33:23 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: miss marmelstein
Google “paprika pepper” and you'll find out where to get some seed. They resemble a light skinned bell pepper right now. They haven't turned orange, but I expect they will.
I had always believed paprika powder came from a plant like black pepper but it is a new world variety bell on a tall, big leaf plant.
21 posted on 06/30/2012 6:46:37 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Thanks, I’ll do that.


22 posted on 06/30/2012 7:17:54 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Racehorse

Just had my first June tomato

Normally have to wait till mid July for tomato


23 posted on 06/30/2012 7:22:58 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Greg123456
Yes, my mom sticks them straight into the refrigerator.

Yes, you have to either eat or preserve them faster but is it really that hard to eat a tomato in a week?

24 posted on 06/30/2012 7:29:32 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Demons run when a good man goes to war)
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To: Racehorse

http://www.amazon.com/Attack-Killer-Tomatoes-Anniversary-Edition/dp/B0000B1OEO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341066921&sr=8-1&keywords=attack+of+killer+tomatoes


25 posted on 06/30/2012 7:36:47 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Racehorse

http://www.amazon.com/Attack-Killer-Tomatoes-Anniversary-Edition/dp/B0000B1OEO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341066921&sr=8-1&keywords=attack+of+killer+tomatoes


26 posted on 06/30/2012 7:37:02 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: eartick

tomato chips???....I’ve heard of sun dried tomatoes....tell me, do you remove the skins before you dry them?


27 posted on 06/30/2012 8:05:59 AM PDT by cherry (Catholics for Romney)
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To: Williams
'Farmers were made to discontinue those in favor of bland tomatoes that can survive longer in train cars and in stores."

they did the same thing to apples...

as a kid, I worked on an upstate NY apple orchard.....nothing better than a fresh MacIntosh or a McCoun or Cortland right off the tree...

here in the west, they consider the uniform red delicious to be the "best apple" when in reality, IMO they taste like cardboard...

28 posted on 06/30/2012 8:14:48 AM PDT by cherry (Catholics for Romney)
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To: cherry

No, skins and all. Cut them about 3/16 to 1/4” thick. Dehydrator on 135’F to keep as much nutrients and taste as possible in them.

Rotate shelves every couple hours so they dry even.

When they are finished you can almost see thru them


29 posted on 06/30/2012 9:41:42 AM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: hattend

Various tomato planters


30 posted on 06/30/2012 9:49:25 AM PDT by deport
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To: Racehorse
Only two things that money can't buy

That's true love and home gown tomatoes

31 posted on 06/30/2012 9:50:30 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi

gown = grown


32 posted on 06/30/2012 9:59:22 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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