Nutritionally Rich Plants

Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but some are better than others. Here is a list of nutrition-packed varieties.

By Lauren Sloane

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Through traditional plant breeding methods (not genetic engineering), scientists have been able to create super-nutritious varieties of fruits and vegetables. These nutritional powerhouses contain higher levels of disease-preventing antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients like lycopene. Since the USDA now recommends that individuals eat nine servings of fresh produce each day, you may want to pay closer attention to the options at your local farmers market or grocery store.

Some nutrient-packed varieties include:

Beans Hystyle (high in calcium) Disoy (high in fiber and calcium) Bean Festina

Tomatoes
Caro Rich (high in natural beta carotene)
Double Rich (twice the vitamin C as other tomatoes, as much vitamin C as an orange)
Health Kick (high in lycopene and antioxidants)
Caro Red (rich in beta carotene)
Vita-Gold (increased beta carotene, good source of vitamins C and E, iron, phosphorus, and folic acid)
Tomato Supersweet 100 Hybrid (high vitamin C)

Carrots/Root Vegetables
Beta Sweet (increased beta carotene and antioxidants)
Healthmaster (increased beta carotene)
Nutri-Red (high in lycopene)
Pot O' Gold (high in beta carotene and vitamin B)
Hakurei Hybrid (good source of vitamin A and C, high in calcium)

Squash/Pumpkins
Hi-Beta Gold Hybrid (high beta carotene)
Casper (deep color, high in beta carotene)
Raven Zucchini (high antioxidant levels)
Cornell's Bush Delicata (high in vitamins A, B, and C)

Watermelon
Rainbow Sherbet (high antioxidants)

Leafy Greens
Ando Wase (high in vitamin A and calcium)

Cauliflower
Brocoverde (high in vitamin C, folic acid, bioflavonoids, and potassium)

Cabbage
Winter Bor (high in calcium, folic acid, vitamin C, and potassium)

Potatoes
Red Gold and Yukon Gold (good source of fiber with higher levels of vitamin C)

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