Tomatoes just donât taste as good as the used to, do they? The taste isnât near as distinct and strong. Right? Varieties have changed, of course, and the âplasticâ tomatoes sold in most grocery stores are breeds developed for durability, appearance and marketability, not for taste. But even the tomatoes grown in our own garden donât have the taste we remember â even when we grow some of the old breeds. Have even the traditional tomatoes changed? Or, is there another explanation? Hereâs a thought. Doesnât everything taste a bit bland (or less distinct and powerful) compared to how it used to taste? As a kid I can remember the poignant taste of vegetables, the bitterness of some fruits, the âtake your breath awayâ effect of horseradish, the impossibility of eating hot peppers. Now none of those are near so sharp in taste and I can chomp contentedly on jalapeno peppers. I remember my grandfather saying, âThings just donât taste like they used toâ, and that was before the days of plastic grocery store produce. Now I am probably about the age he was then and I say, âThings just donât taste like they used toâ. Does anyone else notice the same thing?