The importance of carotenoids is well
documented in literature. Many foods are taken as
functional foods due to their special health benefits.
Among such foods, tomatoes has been considered as
functional foods due to presence of phytochemical
named lycopene, associated with anticancer properties.
This mini project was done to evaluate three varieties of
tomato and papaya for qualitative and quantitative
determination of lycopene content in the samples. The
project concluded that tomato had the highest lycopene
content than papaya. It was also found that the
lycopene was present more in sun dried samples as
compared to their reference fresh samples. Hybrid
Tomato had more lycopene content than local tomatoes.
Tomatoes, Lycopene, Ether Extract, Fat Soluble, Phytochemicals