To much fanfare, the British supermarket chain Tesco has begun selling the world's first "non-leaking tomato." Grown in Holland, the innovation is being pitched as a major discovery and a critical solution to the problem of soggy sandwiches, which is apparently a big issue in the UK.
“The arrival of the non-leaking tomato may well be heralded by sarnie fans as the best thing to hit the sandwich world since sliced bread," said Tesco's tomato buyer Emma Pettitt: As one of the most universally used sandwich ingredients the problem is one that affects millions of people every day in the UK."
According to Pettitt, a standard supermarket tomato will leak 12 percent of its moisture into the bread within an hour of the sandwich being made, while the non-leaking version tomato loses only 3 percent of is moisture.
The Guardian's Susan Smillie got her hands on some of the leak-less tomatoes, which to her "seemed entirely unappealing in theory, and in appearance," and took them for a test drive. She found that "the new tomato seems to live up to its non-sogginess claims. Said tomato is surprisingly juicier than I expected."
But, why go to such extremes, Smillie wonders, when there already exists a perfectly fine method of keeping your sandwich bread dry:
"Any sandwich maker worth his salt will have a protective layer of lettuce to one side, and cheese to the other, ensuring maximum bouncage of bread. What you might get is slightly limp lettuce, or wet cheese, but if the moisture has penetrated the bread, you're on to a really bad sandwich, and no breed of tomato's going to do anything for that."