Nutritionists have long extolled the health benefits of the tomato. It’s rich in disease-fighting antioxidants such as lycopene, and high in vitamin C. But lots of kidsâ€”and some adults, tooâ€”are not crazy about the taste of tomatoes.
Well, a new sweeter tomato has just entered the scene that may be more to their liking. Farmers in Spain have developed a new variety that’s being touted as the sweetest tomato everâ€”sweet as a peach, they claim. The Sugardrop Tomato is the result of two years of cross breeding involving 3,000 varieties. The project was undertaken at the behest of Tesco, the giant British-based retailer.
Speaking to the UK’s Daily Mail, Ashleigh McWilliams of Tesco explained: â€˜As tomatoes are so healthy we’re hoping that the added sweetness of the sugardrop will also appeal to children who might otherwise turn their noses up at them.â€™
The sugar drops are just now hitting the shelves in Europe, and they are expensive, relative to other varieties. They’re priced about four times higher than standard salad tomatoes.
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