‘Fla. 8153’ is a fresh-market tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) hybrid that is being released for the premium tomato market. It has high lycopene content and an attractive, deep red interior color as a result of the crimson (ogc) gene (Thompson et al., 1965). Flavor is superior to most commercially available tomato cultivars based on the results of seven experienced sensory panels, a consumer panel, and numerous samplings from field trials. Environmental conditions have a large impact on tomato flavor (Scott, 2001), and the strength of this hybrid is its ability to produce fruit with good flavor under a wide range of growing conditions. This feature, along with reliable yields of firm, large, marketable fruit, should allow for branding of vine ripe harvested fruit with consistent quality for the fresh market and will attract repeat purchasing in the supermarket. ‘Fla. 8153’ should also be popular in upscale restaurants. The parents, Fla. 8059 and Fla. 7907, are both crimson types that will be useful for tomato breeders interested in developing crimson and more flavorful cultivars.
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