Did You Ever Wonder What Makes The Tomato So Red? Lycopene!
Lycopene gives more than just incredible colour to juicy tomatoes; it is also considered one of the world's most powerful antioxidants and contains disease-fighting properties thought to reduce the risk of prostate and other cancers.
Lycopene, the disease-fighting power in red tomatoes, is mostly found just below the skin, but often ends up in the waste bins of processing plants. Tomato scientists at the Guelph Research and Development Centre are looking at ways to extract lycopene from the tomato processing waste (tomato skin) using innovative separation technology. The extracted lycopene is then used to develop health-promoting products for both the food industry and consumers - meaning exciting potential for a high value food product once deemed as waste.
- In Canada, tomatoes are produced in an open-field and in greenhouses. In 2016, combined production of tomatoes reached 765,000 metric tonnes worth $656 million in farm gate value.
- In 2016, the Canadian horticulture industry sold $4.8 billion worth of produce.
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