Attack of the Killer Tomato… iPhone App?

Tomatomaniacs iPhone app is perfect for tomato lovers

Summer is peaking out over the horizon and that can only mean one thing: Tomatoes. But as any true tomato lover can tell you, they’d rather go without than eat one of those mealy, flavorless, fish-gene-hybrids designed to weather cold winters so that supermarkets can sell them to you year-round.

Nothing rivals a real tomato; a ripe, juicy, tasty, homegrown summer heirloom. And now, as luck would have it, there’s an iPhone app, Tomatomania, designed to help you pick and grow the perfect tomato, and everything else you’d ever need to know about tomatoes.

While iPhone technology still lacks in letting users taste or smell what’s on the screen, the next best thing might just be access to important information. For the tomato lover, searching through hundreds of tomato varieties by name, color and type can help you decide on which ones you should be planting in your garden, which ones you should be buying at the store and which ones you should be throwing at the screen of those bad summer movies.

Tomatomania also provides tips on how best to grow each variety, a new tomato discovery option, tomato pictures, trivia, seed info and yes, a support group of sorts for the tomatomaniacs. There’s even a Tomatomania event, which has been called the “tomato freaks’ Woodstock.” Just imagine: 3 days of peace, love and beefsteaks.

Tomatomania owner/producer, Scott Daigre, also shares some info about his favorite tomato varieties, growing tips and more on the app. And, users can start their very own “tomato garden journal,” which is surely going to be a valuable family secret passed down through the generations right along with Grandma’s homemade heirloom tomato marinara recipe. Tomatomania is available on iTunes for $3.99

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Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger is a Los Angeles-based journalist and editor focused on the global food system and how it intersects with our cultural traditions, diet preferences, health, and politics. She is the senior editor for sister websites and, and works as a research associate and editor with the Cornucopia Institute, the organic industry watchdog group. Jill has been featured in The Huffington Post, MTV, Reality Sandwich, and Eat Drink Better.