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'State Bank of Tomato' Political Stunt Takes Off in India

It was meant to protest rising costs ... then people began lining up

(Newser) - In a move to protest skyrocketing tomato prices in India, the Indian National Congress political party launched the “State Bank of Tomato,” a parody bank taking fruit deposits and distributing loans. But the political stunt by the youth wing of the opposition party has gained traction in Uttar... More »

We Can Finally Bring Back That Classic Tomato Flavor

Scientists ID the missing chemicals that make tomatoes taste good

(Newser) - It's high time for tomatoes to taste like tomatoes again, and a group of researchers believes it knows how to make that happen, according to a study published Thursday in Science . The Smithsonian reports tomatoes found in today's grocery stores are "nearly unrecognizable" from what tomatoes used... More »

Keeping Tomatoes in Fridge May Mar Flavor Forever

Flavor alteration takes place in the genes, making it irreversible

(Newser) - It may seem practical to keep fruits and veggies from spoiling by storing them in the fridge, but there's one variety that should stay out on the counter. The New York Times reports on new research out of the University of Florida that finds when tomatoes are harbored in... More »

Cops: Man Threw Tomatoes at Trump During Iowa Speech

That's some old-school disapproval

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Iowa man got old-school in his disapproval of Donald Trump on Tuesday, allegedly tossing two tomatoes at the Republican frontrunner during a campaign stop at the University of Iowa, KCRG reports. Andrew Alemao was arrested by University of Iowa police and the Secret Service on suspicion of disorderly... More »

Scientists: We Can Make a Store-Bought Tomato Tastier

It's about time, science

(Newser) - Researchers for the US Department of Agriculture believe they've found an inexpensive way to make store-bought tomatoes taste better (other than slapping them between mozzarella and basil, of course). Quartz reports tomatoes from the supermarket are typically flavor-lite because they are transported from the farm in cold temperatures—generally... More »

This Exists: Plant That Grows 'Ketchup' and 'Fries'

'TomTato' now available in US

(Newser) - Tomatoes and potatoes go together like, well, ketchup and fries—so why not grow them together? A hybrid plant known as the "TomTato" or, yes, "Ketchup 'n' Fries," allows you to do just that, and it's now available in the US after first being released... More »

Tomatoes as Car Parts? Heinz, Ford Team Up

Idea is to recycle skins, stems into plastic

(Newser) - Two statements you wouldn't think would be connected: 1) Heinz ends up with a lot of extra tomato parts after making ketchup. 2) Ford Motor Co. needs a lot of material for car parts. The two companies announced today that they're teaming up to try to turn all... More »

Meet the Purple Tomato

It's got blueberry-like health benefits: researchers

(Newser) - Finally: the health benefits of a blueberry in the shape of a tomato. That's how researchers are billing a genetically-modified purple tomato that may soon be available to shoppers. "With these purple tomatoes you can get the same compounds that are present in blueberries and cranberries that give... More »

US, Mexico Brace for Tomato Fight

Trade war possible as US considers ending pact

(Newser) - The humble tomato may spark a trade war between the US and Mexico, reports BusinessWeek . The US took a big step yesterday toward ending a 16-year deal that has kept the prices of Mexican tomatoes cheap in this country. Florida farmers have long pushed for the move, which is expected... More »

Get Ready for Wine From ... Tomatoes

Canadian 'vintner' says he's perfected his grandfather's recipe

(Newser) - Might wine from tomatoes someday rival the stuff from grapes? One Canadian "vintner" hopes so, according to AFP . Pascal Miche says he has perfected his grandfather's family recipe and is the first to successfully sell a commercial product. Miche has been selling his "Omerto" wine for three... More »

Why Supermarket Tomatoes Have No Taste

Gene bred into them to help in harvesting hurts flavor

(Newser) - A meteor might explain why tomatoes are red , but humans are to blame for why they often have no taste. Specifically, the mass-produced ones found in the supermarket, notes ScienceNow . Researchers led by a team at UC Davis think they've figured out a key part of the problem: Big... More »

Why Are Tomatoes Red? Blame Meteor

Dinosaur-killing impact forced the tomato into big changes, say scientists

(Newser) - Why are tomatoes red? The same reason dinosaurs were killed off, say scientists. The massive meteorite that struck Earth 60 to 70 million years ago created extremely harsh conditions that forced the evolution of the tomato into its current red and edible form, reports Phys.org . Researchers discovered this connection... More »

Scientists Crack Tomato Genome

Which should allow producers to breed tastier ones

(Newser) - What makes a tomato a tomato? Researchers now know all 35,000 genes that make up the answer to that question, Reuters reports. An international team of scientists has fully mapped the order, orientation, types, and relative position of all those genes inside both a domesticated and a wild tomato... More »

New Cancer Fighter: Cooked Tomatoes

Heinz-backed research highlights lycopene

(Newser) - Good news, but only if you like tomatoes: The chemical that makes them red helps fight prostate cancer, a study suggests. In a lab, lycopene was shown to stop cancer cells from attaching to a blood supply. The process can delay the cells' growth, and even kill them, the Telegraph ... More »

We've Ruined the Tomato

It's got plenty of weight but no taste: Author

(Newser) - In America’s melting pot of food culture, few ingredients have been as broadly assimilated as the tomato. Whether it’s ketchup, marinara, salsa, or just fodder for salads, our country’s demand for the tomato is extreme. But as journalist Barry Estabrook says in an interview with Salon , America’... More »

Tomato Thieves Nab 6 Truckloads

'Smooth as silk' crooks created fake trucking firm

(Newser) - With produce prices soaring, thieves decided the time was ripe for a major operation—and they got away with $300,000 worth of Florida produce, including six truckloads of tomatoes, the New York Times reports. “I’ve never experienced people targeting produce loads before,” said one trucking broker.... More »

Harsh Winter Makes Tomatoes Scarce, Pricey

70% of Florida's crop is destroyed

(Newser) - The unusually cold winter is leaving a lasting effect on Florida: a severe tomato shortage that has forced restaurants and supermarkets to ration supplies. The year's crop of tomatoes have been diminished by 70%, pushing the price of a 25-pound box to $30—a huge increase over the usual $6.... More »

Tomatoes Bring Fair-Trade Movement Stateside

Meager pay, slavery conditions for pickers prompt boycott threat

(Newser) - With tomato pickers earning 45 cents per 32-pound bucket—the same wage as 30 years ago—fair-labor coalitions have long staged protests and boycotts. Now one of the country's biggest food-services companies is taking up the cause, the Washington Post reports. Bon Appetit says that if growers don't agree to... More »

Finally, a 'Leak-Proof' Tomato

(Newser) - Dutch scientists say they've built a better tomato, ABC News reports. The “Intense” variety is being heralded as “leak-proof” and an end to soggy sandwiches by Tesco, the British supermarket chain that will sell it. The tomato—the result of a Dutch seed-breeding program—leaks virtually none of... More »

Can Tomatoes Grow to Love Shakespeare?

Brit study puts plants-love-voices theory to the test

(Newser) - A tomato by any other name might taste as sweet, but will it grow as fast without the sound of a human voice? A new British study intends to find out with recordings of Shakespeare's verse and a poem by John Wyndman. The recordings will be played to the plants... More »

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