When we shop for fresh produce, we tend to focus on things like what vendors have the freshest produce, who offers the best price, and who has the best selection. Once we make the purchase, we take our produce home and go about our business. Things are changing, however. A new study released by UF/IFAS , published online this month by the journal Postharvest Biology and Technology, has found that light actually affects the flavor of your fruits and fragrant plants. The University of Florida team shared that the results of the study tell them how specific light wavelengths can manipulate volatile compounds that control aroma and taste in several high-value crops, including petunia, tomato, strawberry and blueberry.
So, is this good or bad news?
Assistant Professor Thomas Colquhoun says it’s a good thing because, “their findings open the door to more studies into ways light may someday be used to improve the flavor and nutritional content of fruits, vegetables and herbs, and even the scent of flowers.”
Scientists involved in the project believe the technology will find its way into grocery stores, greenhouses, and food companies that handle fresh produce. It’s not been proven whether you and I can taste the difference in food affected by light, but the University shared that will be the next phase of this testing.
What are your thoughts on this new discovery?