Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

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Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by sstterry » Tue May 14, 2019 5:14 am

I found this very interesting.

Store-bought tomatoes taste bland, and scientists have discovered a gene that gives tomatoes their flavor is actually missing in about 93 percent of modern, domesticated varieties.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-bri ... -comeback/



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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by jltrent » Tue May 14, 2019 6:49 am

Now they are fixen to screw up the tomato....at this time I couldn't get the blog to load above, but will try again later.

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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by Ebenezer » Tue May 14, 2019 7:40 am

Genetic selection works. Sometimes too good.

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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by sstterry » Tue May 14, 2019 7:51 am

jltrent wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 6:49 am
Now they are fixen to screw up the tomato....at this time I couldn't get the blog to load above, but will try again later.
I think the site is down right now.

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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by 1982vett » Tue May 14, 2019 8:57 am

But they can stay on the shelf longer before they turn to mush.....

They have done it with some of the heat resistant varieties also. I had some of the nicest tomatoes last year. Vines were loaded but they didn't taste like tomatoes.
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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by greybeard » Tue May 14, 2019 12:33 pm

People have forgotten having to sort thru the tomatoes at the grocery store produce section to try to find some without soft or black mushy areas on them. Younger people have never had to do it.
They didn't keep very long in the fridge once you got them home either.
But, they did taste a lot better, even if you did have to cut some bad places out of them.
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Post by JMJ Farms » Tue May 14, 2019 8:02 pm

Field corn doesn’t taste like it used to either.
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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by jltrent » Wed May 15, 2019 5:21 am

JMJ Farms wrote:
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Field corn doesn’t taste like it used to either.
Garden corn either as I haven't tasted the field corn lately, but I bet it has went down hill.

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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by guidoLaMoto » Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:11 pm

AS a student yrs ago, I did genetic research and discovered and isolated the genes for taste and for legs in chickens. I figured if I could double each of them, I could produce broilers with twice the taste and four drum sticks each..I planned on making a fortune by selling to KFC or Popeyes.... I was successful in producing the four drumsticks, but I don't know about the taste-- the little effers were so fast with those four legs, I could never catch 'em to wring their necks & cook 'em.

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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by callmefence » Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:32 pm

JMJ Farms wrote:
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Field corn doesn’t taste like it used to either.
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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by hurleyjd » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:43 pm

Here is a place to buy the heirloom seeds that has been passed down through families and then were donated and growers grew them in abundance to be able to sell them to any one that wanted them. These might still have the old taste that people remember.

https://www.seedsavers.org/search

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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by Brad78 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:23 am

JMJ Farms wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 8:02 pm
Field corn doesn’t taste like it used to either.
Yeah. Cucumbers and carrots tasteless too.

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Re: Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Post by Brad78 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:59 am

Why is it just a tomato? A lot of veggies became tasteless these days.

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