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Carotene is yellow pigment found in many yellow or orange fruits and vegetables including carrots, squash, corn, bananas and cantaloupes. The yellow in buttercups and daffodils is caused by the carotene pigment.

A yellowish/orange pigment associated with fall leaf colors. Carotenes are present in lesser amounts than the other yellow pigment - xanthophyll. Like xanthophyll, carotenes are present throughout the growing season, but masked by the chlorophyll (green) pigment.

See: Anthocyanin; Xanthophyll; Tannin; Chlorophyll

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