AGRIBUSINESS: Breeding Sweet Tomatoes
You might be seeing sweeter tomatoes on the shelves of supermarkets soon.
North Carolina volunteers were trained in sensory analysis and asked to rate 170 tomato variants in the areas of smell, taste, flavor, and texture as part of a U-S-D-A ag research service.
The results of this study created a comprehensive set of rankings on tomato qualities and researchers determined that the amounts of sugar and acid are two vital components of a correlation of sweetness and flavor.
According to USDA the findings are a treasure trove for tomato breeders and breeding to enhance flavor should not be difficult.