To be honest, I never knew what a tomato tasted like until I had one here in Greece. The reason for this was obvious. It was ripe. It tasted the way a tomato should taste. First is the smell, then as you put it in your mouth your tastebuds are assaulted by the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness. It is easy to understand why this particular plant has dominated the culture of food that exists here in Greece.
Greece has the perfect environment for tomatoes. So much so that you would not know that this fruit is not native to Greece or even Europe. In fact if it weren’t for the Spaniards the face of a tomato eating Greece would look very much different. As you walk in the markets and peruse the aisles of the produce section, you would begin to think that despite economic crisis, at least Greeks could survive on their own domestic tomato industry….Well everything is not as it seems. I read this article and it confirmed a few things I have been thinking for quite some time now. All is not well in the kingdom of the tomato… I hope you find this article as informative and disturbing as I did.