How to

Grow disease-fighting vegies

Coloured Vegies

There are many vegetables in the Yates seed range that can help the body to fight against disease. This is just another great reason to get in the garden and get growing!

Orange vegetables

Orange-coloured vegetables are rich in beta-carotene, which converts into Vitamin A. The most obvious orange vegetable, the humble carrot, grows easily from seed. Even if space is limited, Yates Baby Carrots can be grown in pots or poly boxes.

Pumpkin is another good source of beta-carotene. Yates Golden Nugget is a small variety that can produce a great crop. Larger pumpkins in the Yates range – Qld Blue, Grey Crown and Butternut – are best planted now in spring so they’ll have maximum growing time.

Red vegetables

Red vegetables are sources of lycopene, which is renowned for reducing the risk of cancer. The most recognised is the tomato, with Lycopersicon in its botanic name emphasising the connection. The deeper the red colour, the greater the percentage of lycopene so, for maximum benefit, eat your tomatoes when as ripe as possible. Yates range of tomatoes includes Grosse Lisse, Summerstar, Improved Apollo, Roma, Tiny Tim and Small Fry, as well as the Heirloom Favourites mix that was introduced in recent years.

Green vegetables

Leafy vegetable such as spinach, cabbages and lettuce are good sources of vitamins, fibre and minerals. The darker the leaves, the richer they are in nutrients. The real champions in the leafy group are the crucifers – the cabbage relatives! Their sulfur-based content converts into an antioxidant that helps destroy pre-cancerous cells. The sulfur smell that makes so many people dislike Brussels sprouts is a sign of these cancer-fighting properties, which are also rich in folic acid.


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