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MU Bradford Research Center to host seventh annual tomato festival

Friday, August 5, 2011 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 12:30 a.m. CDT, Sunday, August 7, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Bradford Research and Extension Center will hold its seventh annual Tomato Festival from 4 to 7:30 pm. Aug. 25, at the research center, 4968 Rangeline Road.

According to a news release from the center, there will be more than 60 varieties of tomatoes and peppers for tasting.

Among those are the Health Kick VFFA Hybrid and the ghost pepper, Bhut Jolokia. Health Kick VFFA Hybrid tomato contains abundant amounts of the antioxidant lycopene, which is said to prevent cancer. Bhut Jolokia is considered the world’s hottest pepper by the Scoville Chart, a scale that measures spice.

Chefs from eight local restaurants will cook fresh salsa with tomatoes and peppers grown by the research center.

The center will also hold question-and-answer sessions for festival participants interested in learning how to plant tomatoes at home.

Jim Quinn, regional horticultural specialist; Adam Leonberger, an extension associate; and David Trinklein, horticultural specialist, will lead the lessons.

For more information, call Kayci Fadler or Thresa Chism at 884-7945 or go to the center's website.


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