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Scientists have discovered a flavor gene missing from store bought tomatoes

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:14 am
by sstterry
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/

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

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:49 am
by jltrent
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.

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

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:40 am
by Ebenezer
Genetic selection works. Sometimes too good.

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

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:51 am
by sstterry
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.

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

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:57 am
by 1982vett
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.

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

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 12:33 pm
by greybeard
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.

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

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:02 pm
by JMJ Farms
Field corn doesn’t taste like it used to either.

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

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 5:21 am
by jltrent
JMJ Farms wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 8:02 pm
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.

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

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:11 pm
by guidoLaMoto
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.

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

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:32 pm
by callmefence
JMJ Farms wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 8:02 pm
Field corn doesn’t taste like it used to either.
:welcome:

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

Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:43 pm
by hurleyjd
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

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

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:23 am
by Brad78
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.

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

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:59 am
by Brad78
Why is it just a tomato? A lot of veggies became tasteless these days.

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

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:31 am
by kickinbull
I was gonna post about tasteless tomatoes when I found this entry. I am curious if anyone grows tomatoes any more that are “real”?