Adventures in 'Tomatoland'

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Author Barry Estabrook decided to write about tomatoes because they almost killed him. He was driving in Naples, Fla. when a few tomatoes bounced off the cargo truck in front of him, narrowly missing his windshield. At the next stoplight, he was amazed to see that the tomatoes littering the street were unscathed after falling off a truck that was traveling at 60 miles per hour. How did the tomato— once summer’s tastiest treat — become the bland specimens available in most grocery stores now? And how can we fix it?

Barry Estabrook, author of "Tomatoland," joins us to talk more about this. Also with us is Dr. Harry Klee, a professor of molecular biology at the University of Florida. Dr. Klee's research focuses on growing tastier tomatoes.


Barry Estabrook and Dr. Harry Klee

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

Peg from Southern Tier NY

Canadian Greenhouse tomatoes taste better than Brandywine - in fact there are probably 100's of varieties that taste better. Brandywine is greatly overrated. Try German Giant and never grow a Brandywine again!

Jul. 12 2011 09:03 AM
Peg from Southern Tier NY

I am a summer tomato grower. I grow over 50 different fantastic varieties every summer. But, in the wintertime when I want good flavor - I ALWAYS BUY CANADIAN TOMATOES grown in greenhouses. No slave labo, everyone gets health care, the tomatoes are grown sustainably and they taste FANTASTIC!!!! Buy Canadian in the wintertime. They are not that expensive. Not $5 per pound.

Jul. 12 2011 08:57 AM

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