UglyRipe tomatoes can leave Florida!
The UglyRipe tomato is coming to New York (and probably the rest of the country) starting tomorrow! This is the tomato that Jeb Bush, among others, thought was too ugly to export, even though it remains delicious throughout the winter. Flavor is too subjective, detractors said, and tomatoes from Florida should be uniformly smooth and attractive.
Fools! They’d only have to spend five minutes on food blogs to realize that eaters around the country, both on farms and in cities, seek out and pay absurd prices for the “ugliest,” craziest-looking heirloom tomatoes (of which UglyRipe is one), which tend to be packed with flavor, and which are therefore beautiful. It’s just so annoying that Florida would stand in the way of commerce and happiness to protect its image, as if anyone would look at a piece of produce, find it ugly, and subsequently change his opinion about an entire state.
I’ll be looking for them at Whole Foods this weekend. If anyone else tries them, please report! They’re being sold under the name Santa Sweets and should cost around $3 per pound.