I've never been able to find tomatoes that tasted quite like the tomatoes of my childhood either. And I also think that the most intensely flavored tomatoes are the ones that are very acidic. But our garden was on limestone soil, not acidic soil. So I think the terrific flavor was probably due to the variety. But no one in my family knows for sure what the variety was.****** said:The red soil where they grew the tomatoes where I grew up produced some of the best tomatoes I have ever eaten. After moving where I live now, the tomatoes look the same but the taste just isn't the same. 'Mayter sandwiches just aren't as tastey. I think it was the high acidity of that red shale soil that made them sweet and acidic at the same time.