Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

GARDEN Q&A

AROUND HOME : Notes on Quilts, Savoy Vases and Oriental Rugs : Vitamins in Vegetables

June 26, 1988|PAUL B. ENGLER

Q: I know it is a subject of much debate, but don't you get more vitamins from vegetables that are organically grown? -- H.C., Monterey Park

A: Most researchers have verified that food values--including vitamins--are comparable regardless of the fertilizer used. From a soil-quality standpoint, however, organic fertilizers increase water-holding capacity, facilitate filtration of water throughout the root zone and encourage soil aeration. As far as vitamin content is concerned, studies indicate that that is a matter of genetics. And it means that plant breeders are able to develop high-vitamin varieties. Keep in mind that freshness is important in maintaining nutritional value. Time and method of harvesting, temperature control and speed of handling are critical.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|