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Attack of the bland, mealy tomatoes

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Tomatoes in the U.S. come mainly from Florida and Mexico. Supermarket varieties have been bred for durability, color, and size--but not taste. (Ken Millstone/CNS)


Only 10 percent of consumers rank tomatoes as one of their favorite vegetables according to Market Brief, a research newsletter for chain restaurants, partly because growing practices have sacrificed good texture and flavor. Experts recommend trying smaller varieties and following the cardinal rule of tomatoes: never, never refrigerate. (Ken Millstone/CNS)

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What happened to good tomatoes in the grocery store?