The breeders were going for such a specialized trait that taste was traded for durability and shipping ease.They don't care what it tasts like as long as it gets to market looking pretty. Sadly that's the case with most commercial varieties of tomato.They look great in the produce section,but taste like cardboard.
Essensia: You are absolutely right ! Most of us gardeners grow for the homegrown taste, smell etc., so we don't really want a skin on our veggies that's like leather. I know it's important to people who have to ship, but I always thought if you want to maximize the space in the carton, just pack 2 sizes in it. As the kids say "you do the math".
I was hoping the "friend" was pulling my leg. They have to look very weird! I wonder if they would be any different homegrown? Can you imagine how they look hanging on the vine? Certainly worth a good laugh perhaps? Amy.