Boost your Nutrition

By Susan Littlefield

Eat a rainbow! That's the advice that nutritionists give us for choosing the most healthful produce. Richly colored fruits and vegetables -- bright reds, vibrant oranges, deep greens -- are not only delicious, but offer the most nutrition. When these foods come fresh from the garden, their nutritional bounty is even greater.

Now, Burpee Seeds makes it easy to grow that rainbow of veggies for your plate with their Boost Vegetable Collection that includes a spectrum of red, yellow, and green vegetables especially high in health-promoting antioxidants.

Golden-yellow 'Solar Power Hybrid' saladette tomatoes have three times the beta-catotene of regular tomatoes, while 'Power Pops Hybrid' cherry tomatoes have 55 percent more lycopene and 40 percent more carotenoids than most tomatoes. Compact 'Cherry Punch Hybrid' cherry tomatoes have 30 percent more Vitamin C than the average tomato and are great for container growing.

'Sweet Heat Hybrid' peppers have a nice blend of sweetness and heat along with the bonus of 65 percent more Vitamin C than most peppers. 'Gold Standard Hybrid' cucumbers, with five times the beta-carotene of other cukes, and 'Healing Hands Mix' lettuce, a mix of four varieties in one easy-to-sow pellet with 20 percent more lutein and 30 percent more beta-carotene than the average salad mix, round out the collection. Just imagine the healthful and delicious salads you can toss up!

The collection is available as seeds (one packet of each variety) or as a combination of 4 plants and 2 packets of seeds.

To learn more about Burpee's Boost Antioxidant Collection, go to: Burpee.

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