Golden/Orange tomatoes can either contain Tetra-cis-lycopene or Beta-carotene, as both these compounds produce tomatoes in the golden to orange colour spectrum. Chemical analysis will confirm which compound is present reflected in the skin pigmentation.
Beta-carotene is an anti-oxidant and may protect against free radical damage (1). Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the human body and is an essential nutrient for humans. Vitamin A deficiency affects a staggering percentage of the population, especially in the developing world. (2) It is the leading cause of blindness in children. and is also associated with increased burden of infectious disease. (3) (4)
For several years we have grown a high Beta-carotene selection of ours that we named ‘Golden Eye’ with the hope that it may be able to reduce the incidence of childhood blindness. In 2020 we found that two separate plants had morphed and produced bigger tomatoes – these we named ‘Golden Eye Improved’ and ‘Oracle’. Both new varieties are very high in Beta-carotene and may contain the highest levels of any tomatoes, as well as containing interesting levels of several polyphenolic compounds.
For our 2020 year data analysis of our tomatoes please click here.