“…Old varieties of apples, bananas and onions are part of a UK study to potentially give consumers products with “significantly” higher levels of nutrients, it has been announced.
A consortium including Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Cranfield University, assembled by consumer goods firm Unilever, will examine “pre-domesticated” varieties of plants which have been changed relatively little by breeding and could contain higher nutrient levels.
It follows research by Unilever which found that the Egremont Russet variety of apple contains up to 10 times more of a phytonutrient than some modern varieties –
- thought to be one example of older plant varieties being richer in nutrients and fibre…”
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