United Kingdom plant nursery has become the first garden center to grow Britain’s Black tomatoes and they could assist in fighting cancer. The remarkable vegetable which has jet black skin is the world’s first fruit that contains anthocyanins, an antioxidant thought to have a number of health benefits. Anthocyanins are compounds found in fruits, vegetables, and beverages that some believe can help with diabetes, cancer, and obesity. The new variety is a novelty type intended for home gardens and the market.
Tomatoes’ strange color stems from pigments in the skin which develop when exposed to sunlight. Ray Brown, 66 years old, who runs Plant World Seeds, first came across the strange vegetable when a buyer sent him a mystery package entitled ‘black tomato”, disbelieving the label, he sowed the product and was stunned by the outcome.
He said, we are always looking for something original and nobody has ever produced black tomatoes, the closest they have got are brown ones and orange ones, and people thought was impossible, we thought it was a hoax. But when we grew them we realized they were nonplus vegetables, which is jet black, and we were absolutely staggered. This is completely new, as far as i am aware they have never, ever been grown in this country before.’
I’ve three plants, each containing twenty tomatoes which have black skins but are red on the inside. This is not easy for something is totally unusual, and no one can quite believe what we’ve got, they keep asking if it’s a joke, or if they’re edible. These tomatoes are edible, and we’ve eaten a lot of them, have a nice taste and a really exquisite flavor.