growing sweeter/flavorful tomatoes
I was wondering if there is a difference in tomato flavor if it pollinates by self pollination vs bee pollination.
I saw this video on youtube, maybe a year ago, where a tomato grower grew his tomatoes in a certain way so that it would be smaller, which made it sweeter.
The method was:
1. Using bees for pollinating
2. Mulch heavily with straw (to control tomato water intake)
3. Use small amounts of nigari (magnesium sulfate, used to make tofu) to encourage tomatoes to grow with less water
The video was a Japanese food/cooking show which had english subtitles. It used to be on youtube, but probably was taken down as I cannot find it anymore.
The tomato variety was called 'teppen tomatoes' (ã¦ã£ãºãããã) which were actually the same variety from the groceries in Japan; however, by using this growing method the tomatoes were smaller/sweeter (equivalent to the sweetness of watermelon, or so they say).
I am no expert in growing tomatoes and was wondering if any experienced tomato growers know if by using this method will produce sweeter/more flavorful tomatoes.
I found some links regarding the 'teppen tomato', but it's in Japanese so I can't read it.