Can you imagine eating a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich without the bacon? It doesn’t seem right, does it?
Well, for all my vegetarian friends and friends whose doctors tell them to eat less bacon, I have exciting news to share.
For the past ten years or so, I’ve been working on breeding a tomato that tastes like bacon!
For those who want to know how I did this, let me assure you that I did not do anything weird like introduce pig DNA into a tomato.
What I did was work with scientists to isolate the chemical compound that makes bacon taste like bacon. Then I found that same chemical compound in tomatoes and kept selecting varieties each year that had the most amount of the bacon-taste compound until finally late last year, I harvested the most bacon-y tomato you’ve ever tasted.
I’m calling it ‘Bacomato’.
In blind taste tests, family and friends could not tell the difference between this tomato and bacon.
Just imagine, you can now have a BLT sandwich that tastes like it has bacon in it but it won’t. It will be just tomatoes and lettuce, plus good bread and mayonnaise.
And for those who want that satisfying crunch of the bacon, I’ve been experimenting this winter with drying then roasting the ‘Bacomato’ tomatoes and am excited to report you can get that crunch too!
With this success, I’m now turning my attention to how to make a tomato taste like mayonnaise, using much the same process. Find the compound that makes mayo taste like mayo, then find that compound in tomatoes and breed them until that compound dominates.
This next tomato variety will make it possible for even vegans to enjoy the taste of a BLT. Yes! Vegan-friendly BLTs!
Once I get the tomatoes to taste like mayonnaise, I think I’ll probably blend them in a food processor so they turn into more of a sauce, like mayonnaise.
I’m going to call this new tomato ‘Mayomato’.
Everyone, dreams come true, if you set a goal and work toward it!
Watch for the introduction of both the tomato varieties, ‘Bacomato’ and ‘Mayomato’ around April 1st next year!