A winner in terms of looks, taste and health - highest levels of tetra-cis-lycopene. This lycopene is easily absorbed from raw fruit, unlike that from red tomatoes, which is only absorbed when the tomatoes are cooked. Lycopene has been linked to a reduced incidence of heart disease and certain cancers, in particular prostate cancer.
The reason for the difference is that the original tomatoes from South America were orange, and the breeding programmes which introduced the red colour inadvertently favoured a recessive gene which changed the form of lycopene in the tomato. Another reason to trust Mother Nature and give up our meddling ways?
Moonglow has medium sized orange fruit with firm flesh and few seeds. Great flavour and shelf life. Indeterminate. From our own seed. Large single $3.50.