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Why You Should Eat Orange Tomatoes

Plow Maker Farms: Tangerine tomato

Picture: An orange Tangerine tomato poses for a close up. Don't let the modest demeanor fool you; this simple fruit packs a flavorful nutritional punch.

Orange Tomatoes May Provide More Lycopene than Red Tomatoes

Tomatoes have a high concentration of lycopene; a colorful antioxidant that may help reduce cancer risk and decrease inflammation. Lycopene can be present in different forms in fruits and vegetables. Recent studies have found that orange tomatoes, like Tangerine, have a form of lycopene called tetra-cis-lycopene while red tomatoes have a form called trans-lycopene.

Scientists studied red and orange (Tangerine) tomatoes to see which forms of lycopene were most effective. In this cross over study, volunteers consumed 2 ounces of either a red or a orange tomato sauce daily. These men and women eliminated other food sources of lycopene for one week prior to and during the study. Volunteers' lycopene levels and oxidative damage were measured each week.

Both red and orange tomatoes increased lycopene concentration and reduced oxidative damage. However, total lycopene concentrations increased more after consuming Tangerine tomatoes when compared to red tomatoes. Likewise, there was less oxidative damage in the volunteers consuming orange tomatoes when compared to people consuming red tomatoes.

Due to this, researchers found that orange Tangerine tomatoes were a better source of lycopene than red tomatoes. The lycopene in orange tomatoes, tetra-cis-lycopene, is easier for the body to absorb.



Burri BJ, Chapman MH, Neidlinger TR, Seo JS, Ishida BK. Tangerine tomatoes increase total and tetra-cis-lycopene isomer concentrations more than red tomatoes in healthy adult humans. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2009;60 Suppl 1:1-16. doi: 10.1080/09637480701782084Pubmed.

Why We Are Certified Organic

We don't just say we grow organically, we are certified Organic. This means our farm and operating procedures are inspected, approved and certified Organic by Washington State's Department of Agriculture. Sure it takes us extra time and work to meet Washington's strict organic requirements, but we think it is worth it for our customer's peace of mind.

Growing organically requires more than not using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Plow Maker Farms has sustainable growing practices that improve our soil, create habitat for wildlife, and leave the land better than when we started farming. We take the time to certify our farm so you know you are getting the very best organic berries and produce.



Why We Are Certified Organic

We take the time to certify our farm as organic so you know that you are getting safe and fresh food. You can be confident that your food is produced in an earth friendly and sustainable manner. After all, we eat the food we grow too!


Plow Maker Farm is a WSDA certified producer #1883