Tomatoes’ tasteless green gene

Choosing tomatoes for color reduces fruit’s flavor, study finds

By Roberta Kwok, 10:00 AM July 13, 2012

The tomatoes your great-grandparents ate probably tasted little like the ones you eat today. The fruit used to have more flavor. A lot more flavor. In fact, tomatoes “were once so flavorful that you could take one in your hand and eat it straight away just like we regularly eat apples or peaches,” according to plant scientist Alan Bennett. He belongs to a team of international scientists who now think they know one reason why the fruit has lost so much flavor.


Although some unripe tomatoes ha...

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