Syngenta, the biotechnology company specialized in seed production and crop protection, has launched the Yoom tomato; a new product with umami flavor, the so-called "fifth flavor", because it is neither sweet, nor salty, nor bitter, nor sour. "It stimulates the whole mouth," says David Bodas, head of development of projects with horticultural seeds at Syngenta.
Yoom is a purple tomato that has a high beta-carotene and anthocyanin content; "almost three times more than other tomatoes," he says. These compounds are natural antioxidants that slow aging down. Work is being done on the shelf life of the product so that the food can last longer, thus helping prevent waste, while keeping the product "crispy and juicy."
Syngenta presented this innovation in the framework of the international fair Fruit Attraction.