No matter how you slice them, tomatoes are a big part of summer. They grow on big farms and small fields along the highways. Their leafy stalks and bulging red fruit dangle over white-picket garden fences or lean against fire escapes on apartment buildings five stories high. Tomatoes are ripening all over New Jersey, and don’t they smell wonderful?… Rutgers University scientists began to work with the Camden-based Campbell Soup Co. in the late 1920s to develop a new, open-pollinated tomato with firm walls and a resistance to cracking during shipping. The so-called Rutgers tomato was beneficial for both food processing and fresh tomato sales when it was released in 1934. The Rutgers tomato was the most popular variety in the world in the 1940s and ’50s. It comprised more than half the tomatoes sold worldwide, according to Thomas J. Orton of Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center… Jack Rabin, associate director of farm programs with Rutgers agricultural extension, said there are thousands of varieties of tomatoes around the world, but the average consumer is probably only exposed to about a dozen of them. Another 30 to 100 varieties are grown for gourmet markets and restaurants.
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