Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

(Courtesy: Edwin Remsberg, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
(Courtesy: Edwin Remsberg, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

Peak tomato season — July through September here on the East Coast — is almost upon us, and the anticipation is palpable. Before we know it, those super sweet, juicy fruits, grown outdoors under the hot sun, will be back in abundance..

We tend to fetishize summer tomatoes, especially heirloom varieties like Brandywine and , and regard them as the pinnacle of tomato flavor.

But according scientists who specialize in growing food in hydroponic greenhouses, some tomatoes bred for the indoors are now just as flavorful as the ones grown outdoors in perfect summer conditions.

"Heirloom tomatoes [are] full of flavor and taste and color and nutritional value," says Gene Giacomelli, who directs the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona. "But we can do that in the greenhouse with new varieties."

Read the rest of this June 4, 2014 NPR article at the link below.

Date released: 
Jun 9 2014
Contact: 
Gene Giacomelli