A number of scientific studies have reported a marked reduction in the levels of some nutrients in a variety of major crops over the past 60 years.
In one British study, researchers compared the mineral composition of historical grain collections over a 160 period. They found that while between 1846 and the mid 1960's mineral content remained stable, since that period some key nutrients have seen a significant decrease. This fall coincided with the introduction of high-yielding cultivars.
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A SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO AWESOME STUFF TO GROW
BLACK RASPBERRIES: NATURE'S HARIBO
Sticky, sweet & incredibly exotic, you might not believe it but uber trendy South American inca berries are infinitely easier to grow than the lowly tomato.
If you plant just one fruit crop next year, make this it!
Tired of watching your spuds getting clobbered by blight? Well fear not.
Introducing New Zealand Yams, the delicious & super easy-to-grow spud substitutes that come complete with an iron-clad blight resistance. Hooray!
NEW ZEALAND YAMS
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Based on the most cutting edge scientific research, my new bestselling RHS book reveals the secrets to growing crops for measurably improved flavour and nutrition. Translating the geek speak into tips & tricks means anyone can grow
maximum flavour with minimum labour.
Queen Victoria's favourite fruit. These intensely fragrant berries somehow manage to combine the flavours of wild strawberries, pink guavas and a hint of candy floss. Easily the ultimate foodmile-free exotic fruit.
Doll's house-sized 'watermelons' that taste of pure cucumber with a hint of lime. These little guys are officially the cutest food known to man & oh-so-easy to grow, even for real beginners. Let me show you how to get started.
If you could take those glinting pick & mix sweets of childhood cinema trips and magically turn them into a real life berry this would be it. With a flavour like bramble jelly laced with red raspberry cordial, the big surprise is that black raspberries are neither a raspberry nor a blackberry, but a totally distinct species
from the forests of North America's West Coast.
Containing nearly 5x the anthocyanins of popular varieties like 'Navaho', black raspberries have attracted the attention of medical researchers, with a growing body of studies unearthing some intriguing results.....
Mega sweet, fuzz-free, mini kiwis that hail from the frozen wastes of Siberia?
No, I'm not making it up. Intensely sugary, super easy-to-grow and even hardy down to
-35C, if haribo reinvented the kiwi this would be it!
Break free from the allotment timewarp of spuds, sprouts and swede & discover the wealth of foodie possibilities out there.
From saffron to sweet potatoes, I'll show you how to grow incredible
edibles that are perfectly happy in our blustery British climate.
IS THE NUTRITION IN OUR CROPS DECLINING?
ANIMATED 'BOOK TRAILER'
All summer I'll be travelling across 4 continents filming a brand new BBC2 science series, uncovering how plants & plant science underpin the food we eat.
It's meant some seriously crazy hours & permanent jetlag, but such an amazing experience. I really hope you guys enjoy it.
Broadcast on BBC2 in the autumn. Watch this space!