Ever bitten into a freshly purchased tomato and found that it tastes like cardboard? Anyone who has enjoyed a juicy, sweet tomato straight from the garden knows how the grocery store equivalents often pale in comparison. If you think it’s all in your head, you don’t have to worry: scientists have figured out exactly why supermarket tomatoes are so bland.
Over the last 70 years, tomato growers found a gene that impacts the color of tomatoes, called GLK, that creates that bright red hue. Unfortunately, this genetic mutation also impacts the taste, making tomatoes less sweet and far less delicious.
Along with this gene, tomatoes are exposed to artificial gasses that cause them to ripen unnaturally in a factory. The tomato you enjoy from the garden, is plucked fresh when it has ripened on its own, giving it that amazing flavor.
Luckily, there are tons of tips you can employ to purchase the tastiest tomato next time you go shopping. Print out this helpful sheet and take it with you to the store!