Developed in the 1950’s by Purdue University in Indiana, this tomato was bred for higher beta-carotene (or pro-vitamin A) content.
"Economic Botany" first published the work of authors Tomes and Quackenbush in 1958:
“The development and release of a new tomato variety which produces fruit containing approximately ten times the provitamin A content of common red tomatoes is announced. The beta-carotene values for caro-red are within the lower ranges reported for carrots. Present consumer usage of a variety such as caro-red will most likely be confined to use as a garden type where additional variety and flavor are desired.”
Nice uniform round large orange fruit. We use this primarily as a breeding tomato in our projects. Indeterminate.
Packet 25-40 Seeds