Maastricht turned orange - and a little tomato red - on King's Day. The royal family visited the capital of Limburg, where they were also introduced to the innovations of the Brightlands campuses in Limburg. Brightlands made the following report.
At Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, the tomato took central stage. On this campus, where companies, researchers, and students work on healthy and safe food on a daily basis, a lot of research is done on the ingredients of fruit and vegetables. Carin Stroeken, head of Consumer and Customer Chemistry at BASF (shareholder of the Venlo campus), updated the royal couple on the secrets of the tomato. Because in addition to being delicious and healthy, these vitamin bombs also contain very useful other substances such as lycopene.
Carin Stroeken told the royal couple more about the research at Brightlands in Venlo into lycopene: a powerful antioxidant. According to Carin, tomatoes are an important crop in the Netherlands. It is also one of the few vegetables that contains lycopene. In fact, for most Dutch people, it is the only source of lycopene.
The royal couple showed great interest in the research taking place on the Venlo campus. Naturally, they also had to sample the product. Royal ZON sponsored the tomatoes so that the royal family and all other people of Maastricht could also taste this delicious and healthy vegetable for themselves.