Lycopene is the bright red nutrient tomatoes, which might be one of the key factors behind the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Suttons, in conjunction with Exeter University identified the Red Zebra as having the very highest levels of lycopene out of all the 64 tomatoes tested. Excellent flavour, stunning stripes and a lycopene heavyweight? It doesn’t get any better than this!’
Why grow and eat a rainbow? The dazzling colours of fruit and vegetables are given to them by a range of natural compounds which can be beneficial to health. In fact, research has shown that diets rich in these colourful crops may reduce the risk of a whole range of diseases, from heart disease to cancer. That’s why doctors and dietitians recommend we ‘Eat a Rainbow’. To help you on your way, we have researched hundreds of varieties to find those with the very highest levels of these nutrients.
James Wong has spent 2 years trawling through over 3,000 research papers to learn how to boost the nutrition in selected plants and has written a book called ‘How to Eat better’ which includes practical tips and tricks.
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Sow in a propagator on a windowsill or pots or trays in a greenhouse at approximately 18-21°C (65-70°F) using a quality compost. Cover seeds with 6mm (¼") sieved compost. Germination 8-12 days. Transplant seedlings singly into 7.5cm (3") pots, planting out when showing flower buds using large pots, grow bags or direct into the greenhouse border. Also plant outside when frost risk has passed allowing 45cm (18") between plants. Provide support, sideshoot as necessary and limit to 4-6 trusses. Sowing - Cropping: 19-20 weeks.