Friday, July 13, 2012

Homegrown Tomatoes

We all know that nothing tastes quite like a home grown tomato.  For years, the consensus in my family has been that home grown just tasted better.  Guess what - it turns out that we're right!   It didn't take a degree in genetic engineering for us to make this determination, just a few taste buds - but now those scientists not only agree with us, it seems they know why.

Here is an article that explains it all better than I can:

The summary is that they decided to mess with mother nature and try to get the tomatoes to ripen uniformly on the plant and in doing so turned off 'flavor' gene.  That may be a little oversimplified, but it's close enough to convince me that once again, maybe we don't need to fix what isn't broken.

Happy Gardening!