HEALTH­FUL TOMS

Central Otago Mirror - - GARDENING -

The soil has warmed up enough to plant my bed of ‘Moon­glow’ toma­toes. This golden-orange tomato has been iden­ti­fied by the Her­itage Food Crops Re­search Trust as hav­ing high lev­els of ly­copene (a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant which may help pre­vent prostate cancer) in a form that is eas­ily ab­sorbable by the human di­ges­tive sys­tem. HFC hy­poth­e­sise that all toma­toes were orig­i­nally golden-orange and con­tained the ben­e­fi­cial tetracis-ly­copene but it is a re­ces­sive gene that has been bred out over the cen­turies. All-trans-ly­copene, which is com­monly found in today’s red toma­toes (and some yel­low ones) must be cooked or added to fats to be ab­sorbed through the in­tes­tine.

I don’t re­move the lat­er­als as

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