RIPE: The Search for the Perfect Tomato
By Arthur Allen
Journalist Arthur Allen went searching for the perfect tomato and ended up spending a great deal of time tasting and enjoying the specialty tomatoes developed by Del Cabo's in-house breeding program, where tomatoes are grown with a focus on flavor.
Allen, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate.com, Smithsonian and Salon.com. In RIPE, Allen explores "the technology of food" by exploring the tomato from its earliest history to its place in the market today.
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From the Book"I'll be damned if those [Del Cabo tomatoes] weren't the best tomatoes I'd ever tasted."
"The cherry and pear tomatoes that Del Cabo grows in Baja are closer to the wild originals than the full-sized beefsteak tomatoes are . . ."
" . . .they were struggling to maintain a zone of compassion at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Larry Jacobs hoped that by contributing to add value to the farms and the people who worked on them, he could offer at least one group of vulnerable people a stable and comfortable life."