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I live in Macon, Georgia and grow Rutgers, Better Boy, and Whopper tomatoes, with good production. However I would like to know how to get a much sweeter taste in my tomatoes. Is there any product available or what else can I do?
Tomato Dirt responds...
Tomato flavor is a balance between acid and sugars in the fruit, the environment, and your taste buds.
When it comes to acid and sugars in the fruit, much of the flavor comes down to a variety's genetics and the environment in which it's grown. For instance, the same tomato type grown in Macon, Georgia will taste different if it is grown in Medford, Oregon.
Having said that, a tomato's flavor rests in its balance of acid to sugar. Tomatoes with more acid than sugar taste acidic. Those with higher amounts of sugar are sweeter. Fruit that has low amounts of both acid and sugar are considered to be "bland." And tomatoes with high amounts of both acid and sugar are identified as "complex" or "rich" in flavor.
You can take several steps to maximize your tomatoes' flavors:
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