: And I Thought the Jersey Tomato Couldn't Get Any Better!

And I Thought the Jersey Tomato Couldn't Get Any Better!

If you live in New Jersey, or anywhere near it, you know the taste of the famous Jersey tomato!  It's nearly as famous as our cranberries, blueberries and, my July favorite, Jersey corn.  

Jersey TomatoWell, at some point in the future, those Jersey tomatoes might be taught to make anti-viral drugs when eaten!  A researcher at the Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue testing on a bio-engineered tomato to do just that.  

This was one of 81 $100,000 grants awarded by the computer giant's Foundation funding 'out of the box' medical research.  Other grants include a magnet that can detect malaria in human blood and tiny head colds for mosquitoes to keep these disease carrying critters away from humans!  

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also plans to donate $73 million to help farmers in impoverished countries.  This foundation is the largest philanthropic foundation in the world, giving more than $2.8 billion last year.  

And I didn't think Jersey tomatoes could get any better!

Keller Williams Atlantic Shore
Laura Giannotta
(Search homes for sale at the Jersey Shore)



Comment balloon 21 commentsLaura Giannotta • May 05 2009 06:07AM


Thanks for an interesting post. I have read that lycopene found in tomatoes has health benefits.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 10 years ago

Good news.  I hope they get somewhere with the research.  Just don't grow the Tomatoes near the Meadowlands :-)

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 10 years ago

No better summer lunch than a garden fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil. Heaven!

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) about 10 years ago


Hi Laura:

We DO love our Jersey tomatoes!

 Makes everything tastes much better, than with the oridinary tomatoes.

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) about 10 years ago


I just don't want to taste-test the first few.  Our tomatoes rock now!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 10 years ago

Growing up we aited for the Jersey beefsteaks to hit the markets. That along with Long Island Potatoes where things we loved. Nice memory

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 10 years ago

Now that sounds like one great tomato. How are they going to improve the Jersey Devil?

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 10 years ago

Laura, Nothing better than a fresh picked tomato with lunch or dinner. I'm not sure whether they should be messing with a good thing. Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Yum, I love tomatoes.  I'm not sure I've tried the Jersey tomato.  I'll put it on my list.  We grow fresh tomatoes every year.

Posted by Wendy Welborne-Kimery (Keller Williams-Lake Norman Mooresville,NC) about 10 years ago

I can't wait until my tomatoes are ready to pick~  I haven't even planted them yet!

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) about 10 years ago

Great news. I love that we are talking about Summer fruits.

Posted by John Combs (Alan Deblat Real Estate Corp.) about 10 years ago

With all the bashing Bill Gates and Microsoft gets in the press, one thing you can't take away from him is the fact that he's always given back to the community.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done some wonderful things.

And now anti-viral Jersey tomatoes!!!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 10 years ago

I wonsder if I could get one of those grants to pursue grow a Bloody Mary on the vine!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 10 years ago

Hi Laura

I love Jersey tomato's there are none better.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 10 years ago

I think Bill is onto something here. Happy tomatoes for everyone

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) about 10 years ago

Pretty amazing - I don't think the Gates get enough credit for the things they do.....:-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 10 years ago

And here I thought a tomato was a tomato unless you spelled it tomotoe!

Posted by Randi Brammer, Accountant & Tax Preparer (Randi Brammer, Acctg.) about 10 years ago

Thanks all for stopping by!  I think we should begin our grant writing and take William Feela up on his plan for the Bloody Mary tomato!  Have a great day!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 10 years ago

I think there's a lot that can be done to make more food and drugs for an overpopulated world.

Posted by Not a real person about 10 years ago

Dear Laura,

I have not had a Jersey tomato, however I can say that a homegrown tomato is better than ANYTHING from the store! Thanks for the post!



Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) about 10 years ago

I don't know about Jersey tomatoes, but I was at the grocery store yesterday and all I could find, were tomatoes from the USA. 

I like William's idea too. I wonder if we can all get a grant for that. :)

Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 10 years ago