Posted by: Hourglass PJ2 MAY 2012
Preliminary findings from a Unilever study suggest that an older variety of apple, the Egremont Russet, contains up to 10 times more of a phytonutrient than some modern varies.
Fruits and vegetables that we eat today are bred for weight-based yield per acre of land with a focus on price, size, visual appearance and storage potential, and not necessarily nutrient value. The researchers hope that the Egremont Russet could be but one example of older plant varieties being richer in nutrients.
They aim to evaluate the nutrient content of a range of “pre-domesticated” varieties of plants, relatively unchanged by breeding, including apples, bananas, mangoes, onions and tea. Many different ingredients apart from the well established nutrients will be analysed for potential use in future healthy