The Garden Gem is one of the very best tasting tomatoes — but you can’t buy it

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Klee Lab/University of Florida

I think we can agree that except for maybe two weeks out of the year, tomatoes from the supermarket taste like nothing. They’re gorgeous and enticingly red — they lure you in with their looks — but they taste terrible.

They’re a fleshy disappointment.

Yet there is hope. Researchers at the University of Florida, led by horticulturalist Harry Klee, have developed the Garden Gem, which over 500 taste-testers deemed the tastiest tomato. But supermarkets in the US won’t sell it.



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