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Rutgers Tomato Reinvented with Even More Flavor

Rutgers researchers have narrowed their search for the new Rutgers tomato down to three varieties.

A new tomato that combines the nostalgia-inducing flavor of an heirloom with the durability of supermarket varieties is Rutgers University’s answer to anyone who wonders what happened to the flavorful Jersey tomatoes of the past.
The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) has tested hundreds of  plants to try to create a new version of the luscious tomato — which originally carried the Rutgers name — that was popular from the Depression through to the 1960s.
“What people remember as the Jersey tomato was really the Rutgers tomato,” says Tom Orton, a professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology. “It was ubiquitous. People grew it in their backyards. It had a high flavor that explodes in your mouth and makes you say ‘wow, that is really good.’’’
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