KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Walking through his plot of land in Kansas City, Kansas Keith Mueller tastes a dozen tomatoes his created by cross breeding seeds. Some taste good, others he spits out.
"You get a spectrum, you get ones that are really bad, spitter’s, especially with a wild type because they are bitter or they`re astringent tasting," said Mueller.
However, others taste fantastic and that's the goal, to create the best tasting tomato, one that pops with flavor in the mouth. Crossing seeds from heirlooms, Anna Russians and even Cherry Tomatoes, Mueller creates a new breed or line of tomatoes he hopes to market to restaurants and chefs. Mueller currently sells some of his seeds online, like the popular Purple Haze and his personal favorite, Gary O'Sena.
"I want a tomato that you can put in your month, and not think about it and go 'Wow! That`s incredible.'," said Mueller.
Mueller gets his seeds from universities and seed banks from around the world. He even crossed a tomato from the Galapagos Island with an Heirloom
But not all crosses are hits. Mueller spits out one that he just can't seem to get right.
"It's actually a hybrid from that, but it`s not what I was going after , so it`s a mistake, have to deal with those," said Mueller.
Mueller operates three plots in the greater Kansas City area, keeping him busy in his search for the perfect flavor combination.