From Appalachian Magazine:
Big, soft, juicy and sweet, America’s tomatoes of yesteryear were culinary delights that were as beloved as any candy.
Whether sliced and heavily salted, slapped betwixt two pieces of bread with mayonnaise, or eaten raw, these tomatoes were nothing short of pure ecstasy and children craved these garden treats!
Fast-forward a handful of generations and American school children are throwing away tomatoes faster than the lunchroom cafeteria workers can slap them onto a tray.
What happened? Why have America’s youngest fallen out of love with what was once its beloved fruit?
The answer may not surprise you all that much: It’s not that our children have changed, it’s that tomatoes have changed.
Steve Parker, M.D.