Summary of Article:
The taste of supermarket tomatoes has declined overtime. A professor at University of Florida, Dr. Harry J. Klee has located genes that produce the flavor chemicals that are missing from modern varieties of tomatoes, he has also identified heirloom and wild varieties of tomatoes that possess better versions of these genes. Work to create a hybrid that restores flavor but retains size and sturdiness has begun, the researchers are using traditional breeding, NOT genetic engineering! The work has taken year, but for home gardeners there is already a version available- for a donation of $10 or more you can get a packet of seeds. However in taste panels there were noticeable difference in taste preferences... one of the students at University of Florida picked the supermarket tomato as his favorite!
"Have we trained a whole generation that doesn't know what a good tomato is?" - Dr. Klee