Will someone please tell me what the hell has happened to tomatoes?
Yeah, I know I bitched about the salmonella outbreak recently, but this is more about what they’re like anymore even when they are widely available. So bear with me. If you don’t like the topic, I wrote a piece on what has happened to fuel economy over at Cowl Shake tonight. You’re welcome.
Those things under the “Tomatoes” sign in the grocery store still look like tomatoes, but they don’t taste like anything. I might as well be eating a mushy raw potato. I’m sure they’re all bioengineered and pesticide-resistant and genetically modified and probably carnaubaed or something to retain their sheen, but if there is no taste at the end of the preservation rituals, then what is the point?
Among her many other talents and avocations, Lea grows vegetables. Tomato plants are my first request when she’s laying the garden out for the year. I had spaghetti for dinner tonight, and the sauce was made exclusively from tomatoes, basil, and oregano that grew 150 feet from here. Amazing. I stopped at Dad’s for lunch and had fresh homegrown tomato slices, and it was like eating candy.
So is this a price thing? Have we as a market voted with our wallets and settled for the shit being peddled in the produce department? Like, makin’ ‘em actually taste like tomatoes would cost twice as much and it didn’t work in the test market? That’s about all I can figure.