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Dear seed catalog copywriters...

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Dear seed catalog copywriters...

small h | Jan 4, 2013 06:01 PM

I know you don't have easiest or the most interesting job in the world. It must be pretty tough to come up with dozens of ways to describe the taste of a tomato or an onion. Because let's face it, tomatoes mostly taste like tomatoes. There just aren't that many ways to distinguish an Oregon Spring from a Brandywine from an Early Girl.

But for the love of peat pots, can you lay off the "sweet," already? Mortgage Lifters have a "delectable sweet, mild flavor." Yellow Pears are "delightfully sweet." Legends are "very sweet." Pink Wonders have a "mouth-watering sweet and tangy flavor." There are tomatoes named Sugary Hybrid, SunSugar Hybrid, Sweet Hearts, Sweet Million, Sweet Baby Girl...good lord.

And don't get me started on the onions. They have "sweet, firm white flesh" or a "high sugar content" or "just the right sweetness."

I know there are only so many words. But these are vegetables, not candy (yeah, yeah, tomatoes are fruits, whatever). Is our ultimate goal really to harvest a crop of pixy stix?

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