The purple tomato could arrive at the fruit shops very soon. This tomato, which takes its amazing purple color from blueberries, could become the next superfood.
Blueberries are very rich in antioxidants - coming from anthocyanins, the pigment that gives them their color. These anti-inflammatory compounds strengthen the immune system, help the body protect itself against cancer and other diseases, and fight viruses and microbes.
According to The New York Times Magazine, tomatoes have more than 30,000 genes, some of which produce anthocyanins naturally, but in smaller quantities than blueberries. British geneticist Cathie Martin added two additional genes to conventional tomatoes, which activate the tomatoes' natural purple anthocyanins production, achieving a super tomato with twice as many antioxidants as blueberries.
Moreover, these purple tomatoes last twice as long as conventional tomatoes, so they are much greener because they reduce food waste, as they don't spoil as easily.
The Circle Around the Sound company, from the US, has asked to market them in the United States. If all goes well, they'll be available in US fruit shops by the end of the year.