which is derived from red fruits and vegetables, has been studied
and found to help prevent certain types of cancers of the upper
respiratory and digestive tracks, when consumed on a regular basis.
However there are not many red fruits and vegetables, and Northern
Americans get most of their lycopene from tomatoes, since we eat
many more fresh tomatoes and tomato products (pizza sauce, tomato
juice, spaghetti sauce, etc.) than we do other fruits and vegetables
that contain this important anti-oxidant. It is also found in
watermelon and pink grapefruit for instance.
"Health Kick" K hybrid. It contains approximately 50
percent more lycopene than common varieties. This increased level of
lycopene was accomplished through conventional breeding;
Kick is not what is commonly referred to as a GMO or transgenic
Health Kick is a very high yielding plum shaped saladette tomato
with large, vigourous plants that are determinate in growth habit.
Plants grow about four feet tall if staked. The bright red fruits
are sweet and delicious they are set on the plants in great
profusion, and weigh about 4 ounces each. Maturity is 72 days from
transplanting to the garden.
This is one of the first tomatoes ever developed with resistance to
Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. This variety is also resistant to
Verticillium Wilt, two races of Fusarium Wilt, Gray Leaf Spot and
Alternaria Stem Canker. In addition, there is intermediate
resistance to Bacterial Speck.
Check your local
Garden Centre for this tomato.