Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NC Researcher Looking for Some Heirloom Tomatoes; Can You Help?

I just received an interesting call from a new post-doctoral scientist at NC A&T State University. He is doing research on the influence of heirloom tomatoes on aging and some serious diseases. He is looking at a variety of compounds in the tomato fruit that might have a positive effect on the human aging process. He has just started his position and unfortunately, has missed our major tomato season, but he would really like to have a small amount of fruit to start his research with right now. He is looking for about three pounds each of the varieties Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, and Green Zebra.

If you have any of these varieties, know of someone who might have them that he could contact, or are aware of a tailgate market he can go to this week to get some, please email him at (he is so new to his position, he is still using his Virginia email address!). His name is Dr. Kweku Gyenai.

NC A&T State University is in Greensboro, NC. So a location in his general vicinity would be best.

Thanks for helping one of our young scientists working in the area of food and health.


  1. Green Zebra, as I'm sure you know, is not strictly speaking an heirloom. Still, I hope your student finds what he is looking for.

  2. You might like to see the comment here:

  3. He will find whatever seed he needs at the below link. However, there is much research already happening in this area. I wish him luck in his endeavors.

  4. Luigi, thanks for the link. Someone else also sent us to her. I know our tomato breeder, Dr. Dilip Panthee, is very interested in talking to her.