Beat the science – grow your own tomatoes!

Don’t wait for science to put the taste back into mass-produced supermarket tomatoes – grow your own at home!

Journalists are reporting a scientific breakthrough by a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida.  Dr Klee says he’s found the answer to tasteless supermarket tomatoes and having sequenced the genome of nearly 400 varieties and identified 26 genes which are involved in the production of the unique tomato flavour, he’s planning to breed a better-tasting tomato.

Tomato Sweet Aperitif_TM use only copyright Thompson and Morgan_webThe research work has apparently taken years, but they could have just asked Paul Hansord, Thompson & Morgan’s Commercial Director, whose answer to bland-tasting shop-bought tomatoes is simple: grow your own!

Of course it’s clear that Dr Klee’s research is aimed at the bulk tomato growers who are paid by the pound (or kilo in Europe) to mass produce tomatoes for sale in supermarkets, but Thompson & Morgan maintains that those in the know have been growing delicious tomatoes with that traditional tomato taste for years.

Tomato Sungold_TM use only copyright Thompson and Morgan_web“It’s just so easy to grow your own tomatoes at home. All you need is a grow-bag, a sunny spot and a watering can”, says Paul Hansord. He also suggests adding a bit of tomato fertiliser and reading Thompson & Morgan’s top tips on growing tomatoes which help guide gardeners through the tomato growing process.

“There really is no fresher, more aromatic and naturally delicious taste than a home-grown tomato, picked from your own plant and still warm from the sun”.

Top-Tasting Tomatoes

For really fabulous tasting tomatoes, Paul recommends growing Tomato ‘Sungold’ F1 Hybrid and Tomato ‘Sweet Aperitif’. Both are available from

Tomato ‘Sungold’ F1 Hybrid £3.69 8 seeds

Tomato ‘Sweet Aperitif’ currently 79p for 10 seeds – save £2.50

Based in Ipswich, Suffolk since 1855, Thompson & Morgan is the UK’s most successful horticultural mail order company. It is the only mail order seed and plant specialist to develop its own plant lines in the UK. Due to the continued success of its breeding programme, the company has introduced more species and varieties to the British gardening public than any other mail order company in the industry. Its product range includes an award-winning choice of seeds, young plants, bulbs, seed potatoes, onion and garlic sets, soft fruit and fruit trees, as well as an extensive range of gardening equipment and supplies.

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