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Tomato Mysteriously Lost in Space Turns Up 8 Months Later

Astronaut Frank Rubio, who'd been accused of eating it, is vindicated

(Newser) - In late March, astronauts aboard the International Space Station successfully harvested a batch of space-grown tomatoes, and each astronaut was given a plastic baggie with a sample. One of those tomato bags ended up floating away, with the tiny tomato still inside, and now, nearly nine months later, the missing...

Wild Food Fight Involved 120 Tons of Tomatoes

Things got messy in Buñol, Spain, on Wednesday

(Newser) - Some 15,000 people, including many tourists, pasted each other with tomatoes Wednesday as Spain's annual "Tomatina" street battle took place in the eastern town of Buñol. Workers on trucks tipped 120 tons of overripe tomatoes into the main street of the town for participants to throw....

Higher Prices Are Ahead, With Drought Cutting Tomato Supply

Agriculture Department cuts production forecast

(Newser) - California farmers who grow tomatoes are being squeezed by the drought and other factors, which means prices at grocery stores are only going up. In the central part of the state, low levels of rain and snow are being felt, and the limits on water from the Colorado River are...

What Happens When 150K Tomatoes Spill on a Highway?

'A gooey concoction of watery tomato juice, oil, and dirt'

(Newser) - A major tomato spill caused a colossal mess and spoiled the Monday morning commute on I-80 near Vacaville, California. According to the New York Times, it’s not unusual to see a few spilled tomatoes along the winding roads in Solano County, but to have approximately 150,000 of them...

Anna Wintour's 'Go-To' Lunch Is Very Unique

A caprese salad without the tomatoes? Weird, but that's apparently the 'Vogue' editor's thing

(Newser) - The reviews are out for the new Anna Wintour biography, but one in particular has picked up on a rather odd tidbit from the Vogue editor-in-chief's life. Writing about Anna , Amy Odell's 400-page-plus deep dive into Wintour, for the Grub Street blog , Emilia Petrarca said one specific line...

Company Develops 'World's Tiniest Tomato'

'It's clean, it's nice, it's sexy,' chef says

(Newser) - They say bigger is better, but in the succulent world of cherry tomatoes, one Israeli company is going smaller than ever before. The "drop tomato" is about the size of a blueberry, and the Kedma company in the country's southern Arava desert says it is the smallest one...

'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...

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...

Chill Your Tomatoes, Kill Their Flavor

Keeping Tomatoes
in Fridge May
Mar Flavor

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

Meet the Purple Tomato
 Meet the Purple Tomato 

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...

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...

Tomato Fight Turns Spanish Town Red

Bunol hosts its annual messy tradition

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people splatted each other with 120 tons of tomatoes during the annual `Tomatina' battle, leaving the eastern Spanish town of Bunol in a sea of red mush. Town hall estimates some 40,000 people, including many tourists, took part in yesterday's hour-long street bombardment, which...

Get Ready for Wine From ... Tomatoes

 Get Ready for Wine 
 From ... Tomatoes 
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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...

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...

Red Tomatoes Explained: Blame Meteor
 Why Are Tomatoes Red? 
 Blame Meteor 
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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 . Researchers discovered this connection...

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...

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