Ripe by Arthur Allen

The Search for the Perfect Tomato

Now I know that someone somewhere just went, huh, that’s not a homesteading book and on the face of it, you might be right.. but Homesteading is about having many many toes in different ponds and understanding what has happened in regards to company’s push and pull over our food supply counts on my list.. but this book goes SO Far beyond that in scope.

So this was one of DH’s plane books, he always finds the most interesting books to read on his work trips, and this one was a 5 star.

It starts out explaining the history of tomato’s in N.A. and that alone is worth the cost of the book, the amount of tomato’s and how they have been developed is a fun ride.. but then he takes us on this amazing ride from how a simple tomato has gone from a wild edible to a political vegetable.

Giving a nod to my roots, its a interesting face that hot house ontario tomato’s have taken over a huge sale area of the eastern seaboard in the states, as well as in Canada, you are currently more likely to see Ontario tomato’s in the winter in our local stores now then you will imported from the states but mexico is still giving a good run on the money.

I am giving this book a excellent, I have read it a couple times now and still find more info in it each time..

Chapter Five Fried Gene Tomatoes gives us a inside look at how different traits have been the rise or fall of certain companies over the past twenty years and how we have helped make that happen in our drive for cherry tomato’s, and our willingness to pay though the nose for tomato’s that have the cis-3 Hexenal gene, which means that the tomato’s on the vine that most stores charge you double for?

you know the ones, the ones you think are so special cuz they are still on the vine and smell so fresh and devine, even in the middle of winter..  Well that little gene listed above means that the vine is rich in a tomatoey order.. that’s right folks, that hit of fresh smell that you love when you open that little package does not come from the fruit, it comes from the stem itself.. Crafty huh..

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2 Responses to Ripe by Arthur Allen

  1. Xan says:

    oo, oo, oo, there’s a Kindle edition. I want to buy it right now, and I have to be good! I’ll put in on the list of “things I didn’t buy” (but it’s also on the list of “things I’m going to buy” Have you seen the book about the history of the potato? Wonderful.

    http://www.amazon.com/Potato-Humble-Rescued-Western-World/dp/0865475784/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298325551&sr=1-2-spell

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