Agricultural company Syngenta has developed what it calls the Yoom tomato. The variety is already winning plaudits, recently claiming a Fruit Logistica Innovation Award in Europe, with trials underway across the globe, including in Australia.
"It is very different and will really challenge the senses of the consumers," said Dion Potter, the company's Solanaceae products manager for Australia and New Zealand. "The Yoom name came about from the taste profile — it has a umami taste, which is a combination of sweet and sour. The best way to describe it is it's a savoury tomato to eat."
Mr Potter said Yoom tomatoes were on sale in parts of Europe and were being trialled in several greenhouses in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. "We're trying to learn how to get the best out of this variety in Australian and New Zealand conditions," he said. "We're learning how to grow it — it's a very different plant. Trials are well underway and we're putting the concept in front of retailers now … and I would hope, all things going well, we could have some commercially available by the end of next year."