Is it just me, or are tomatoes a bit rubbishy at the moment ?
I eat a healthy diet, which includes lots of fresh vegetables, salads and plenty of fruit, so I buy a lot of tomatoes. But, I have noticed that they don’t seem to have the flavour or the aroma that I remember. You know…that glorious, warm tomatoey scent and the juicy, mouth-watering taste that almost overwhelms your taste-buds.
Instead, no matter how expensive they are, they have a woolly texture. They are tough-skinned and tasteless …. sometimes even bitter …..watery and disappointing.
I buy the best I can find …..always still ‘on the vine’ because, apparently, they have more flavour …… but NO …..they don’t.
I’m convinced that this is because we are eating the tomatoes ‘out of season’.
Everything has been ‘forced’ and imported so that we can now have strawberries in December and sprouts in July. But our demand for this freedom of choice means that flavour suffers.
When I was a girl ……eons ago ….we never saw a tomato until the summer. But, oh my ….they were worth the wait.