Thursday, September 2, 2010

Organic Strawberries Win!

A study performed on organic vs conventional California strawberries found that
"organic strawberries (compared to non-organic strawberries):
  • Had a longer shelf life (took longer to rot)
  • Had a greater quantity of dry matter
  • Had higher antioxidant activity
  • Had higher levels of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Had higher concentrations of health-protecting compounds (phenolic compounds)
  • Had lower concentrations of phosphorus
  • Had lower concentrations of potassium"
 Presumably the lower levels of phosphorus and potassium are due to the lack of chemical fertilizer, which generally contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (N-P-K).    Hey, no methyl bromide residue, either!

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