Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Tomato Tasting
If you love tomatoes, here's an annual event that's not to be missed. Hortus Nursery in Pasadena is holding a Tomato Tasting on Saturday, August 4th. For more information on the tasting and how you can be involved call (626) 792-8255, or email

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Research on Tomato Flavor
Rich tomato flavor and aroma are greatest at room temperature and just after being cut, when volatile oils harboring the fragrance and flavor are released according to research at the University of California, Davis. Letting cut tomatoes sit before eating lets the oils dissipate, and the tomatoes don't seem as flavorful. Refrigeration locks up the oils, so the fragrance seems lost.

Researchers say if you must store tomatoes in the refrigerator for several days before using harvest them early in the day when they're still cool and put them directly into the refrigerator. Because they're cool from the night, they're less sensitive to chilling injury. Chilling injury is the cause for the flavorless, mushiness store tomatoes we know so well in winter. Several hours before you plan to serve your tomatoes, remove them from the refrigerator and let them warm up gradually to room temperature on the counter.


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