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Store-bought fresh fruits and veggies - where has the taste gone?
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Alberta Mike    Posted 05-25-2001 at 10:53:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I posted this on tractor talk as well, but I'm wondering why all this stuff we buy at the produce section of the supermarket has no taste. It looks great (which of course makes us buy it) but it doesn't deliver with any taste. Had tomatoes the other night in a salad, then strawberries for desert but one tasted much like the other. Why has this happened and why don't more of us take the stuff back? I think that the frozen or canned stuff tastes better.

wildflower    Posted 05-25-2001 at 19:09:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The comments so far are accurate.Vegetables are bred for shipping,productivity and to be sweeter(not more flavorful),to satisfy the American sweet tooth.Not for that old fashion flavor.Then,They are often picked green.No wonder people aren't fond of veggies,when that is their only choice.Glad I grew up in the country and know there is a difference.

I grow heirlooms and save seed,specifically bc we grow for taste.And,I am dedicated to trying to save the knowledge and the things from the old times.I think we will need all this,again.Have been doing this for abt.10 yrs.If interested in any of this,just ask.

We also sold at the local farmers mkt and did very well, once people got a taste of our fare.

Starcow10    Posted 05-25-2001 at 13:04:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Most of the stuff in the stores is picked before it's ripe and ripens during shipping. The tast is gone because they don't let it vine ripen. How else can you go to the store in Jan. and get tomatoes. They grow them in South America, Pick them green and let them ripen during shipping. Same with apples. They pick them in the fall and store them in warehouses under controlled temps, let them ripen and ship in mid to late winter. (Higher price for out of season to)

Frick and Frack on the Farm    Posted 05-25-2001 at 12:18:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That is why we get premium prices at farmers markets for the veggies and fruit we grow. You would be amazed at the return customers we get.

We expanded the operation this year and plan on doing the same next year.

Stretch    Posted 05-25-2001 at 12:01:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
The fruits and vegetables sold in stores now are a product of years of selective breeding to develop products that will be more "marketable." This means they will stand the shipping and have a longer shelf life. The old varieties we grew-and still grow-in the garden were much better tasting, but wouldn't hold up. If you pick a ripe tomato, it will be rotten before it makes it to the city. Most people don't know what they are missing. Those of us who do, well, let's just say I would rather eat fresh home-grown stuff in season and do without the rest of the year than eat cardboard-flavored stuff.

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