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You might be wondering how a Jersey tomato could possibly get any better, but scientists at Rutgers University have announced they’ve improved upon the classic by creating a variety that is juicier and more reminiscent of the tomatoes grown by Jersey farmers between the 1930s and 1970s.

Seeds for the new tomato are for sale, but they are expected to sell out quickly. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in Cumberland County has four varieties of seeds for sale. The most popular is Rutgers 250. The scientists say the tomato, first created in 2016, has a bright taste and the desirable balance of sweetness and acidity.

The center has 4,500 packets available for purchase. Packets are $4 and contain about 30 seeds. You can place your order here.

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