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Scientists Say Something Is Very Wrong With The Tomato | The Huffington Post

Many of the tomatoes eaten these days are too big, too firm and just plain dull compared with those from a half-century ago, according to new research.In a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, a team of researchers say they analyzed the genetic code of nearly 400 varieties of tomatoes ― from the common red supermarket types to the funky heirlooms found in farmers markets. Led by Harry J. Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida, the team found many of this generation’s tomatoes have lost key elements that make them taste, well, like a tomato.

To know what makes a good love apple, Klee said, you really have to understand three things that go into the vegetable’s flavor profile: sugar for sweetness, acid for the sour tang, and dozens of “volatiles,” or aroma compounds, that make up the euphoric, tomatoey scent.

Source: Scientists Say Something Is Very Wrong With The Tomato | The Huffington Post

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