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Seed Breeding – Intense Tomatoes

Mike and Ben learn more about a very special ingredient – the Intense tomato. But what makes it so special? To find out, they explore how seed breeding works and how it is tailored to consumer demands. They even get some expert cooking advice. Will this raise the chances for normal guy Mike to beat the chef? 

Behind the scenes

The Sorted guys met Ben Silvertand, a professional tomato breeder working for BASF in Gravenzande, the Netherlands, to learn all about seed breeding. They also talked to Ben’s colleague Anne Jancic, who is a food forecaster, trying to anticipate what consumers want from their vegetables in ten years’ time. Specialty produce expert and chef Franck Pontais provided a dash of tomato inspiration and showed how to make the most of the Intense tomato’s characteristics in the kitchen. Then, it was all down to Mike and Ben to prove their skills and cook up the best Intense tomato dish.  

Everything you wanted to know about tomatoes

Intense tomatoes

Developed for the commercial food industry, intense tomatoes can be found sliced or diced in salads and wraps, in pasta sauces or on burgers. 

Sorted’s tomato-based dishes:

TOMATO & WATERMELON RED CURRY PORK RIBS WITH A TOMATO KOMBUCHA PAK CHOI SALAD

Tomatoes are crammed into a fragrant marinade, a fresh cooking juice and a delicate curry sauce, taking humble pork ribs from old to new with the help of sweet watermelon, tangy kombucha and the flavours of East Asia. 

SWEET TOMATO AND BASIL CHEESECAKE

Tomatoes are crammed into a fragrant marinade, a fresh cooking juice and a delicate curry sauce, taking humble pork ribs from old to new with the help of sweet watermelon, tangy kombucha and the flavours of East Asia.