White tomato is an heirloom, indeterminate tomato variety. It is beefsteak type tomato with a creamy white flesh and skin. The fruits turn slightly yellow as they ripen. It has low acid levels give it a sweet, fruity flavour. This tomato came into existence as a single mutation from plants grown from a packet of yellow and orange Oxheart tomato seeds.
White tomato has almost no coloured carotenoids (p-carotene and lycopene), and they are the richest tomato source of their dominant colourless carotenoids (phytoene and phytofluene). Phytoene and Phytofluene are members of the carotenoid family, being the precursors for all other carotenoids in nature. These carotenoids absorb light in the UV range, with Phytoene absorbing in the UVB range (λ max 287nm) and Phytofluene absorbing in the UVA (λ max 348nm and 366nm); White tomatoes do not absorb light from the visible spectrum – they reflect visible white light and thus appear white.
White tomato extract powder produced by Bionutricia has been used in health foods, such as products to prevent ultraviolet burns, skin protection products, anti-aging products and carotenoid complex products. It has mild taste and no colorless which is suitable to be consumed by people who do not like the classic tomato flavour of red tomatoes. When it is used in skincare products, we do not need to worry about staining or colouring the skin like red tomatoes and their derived products may do.