The Aquaponics Difference
Have you ever heard an older person say that Tomatoes in the store don't taste like they did when they were a kid? Well...they are right. Organic compounds enhance flavor profiles and sugar levels in plants. When they were young, soils had a better nutrient profile, plants were getting what they needed and things tasted like they should. Yes, you can still find produce like this but it isn't the majority of what you see for sale at your typical supermarket.
Brix is a measurement of sucrose or sugar levels in the produce. High brix levels are a great indication that you are producing premium produce. High brix levels in plants have also been shown to deter insects. I'm doing a few experiments right now concerning manipulation of brix levels in a few different varieties of Aquaponic veggies which is why I was taking readings. I kept picking tomatoes that were less and less ripe until I hit the "fast food restaurant brix"...it was bright green! People have no idea what they're eating, I'm sure they are gassed with ethylene like most other cheap crap tomatoes.
I did a BRIX test using a refractometer on a freshly picked Aquaponically grown grape tomato vs a grape tomato that I got in a salad from a popular fast food resturaunt the same day:
Side by side:
Ours (converted = 10.46 brix):
Theirs (converted = 7.06 brix):
Results from my Crenshaw melon experiments: I've got control melons that when ripe show a Brix reading of 16.5% which is awesome in and of itself...cantaloupes have 8-9% and store bought as low as 4% so try and picture that when I am speaking about sweetness levels (I know most have never seen a Crenshaw melon).
The experimental melons are showing 20-21% brix which seems to be unheard of, especially in an Aquaponic raft system where melons are supposedly less sweet. They literally drip syrup out of them, they're that sweet! I dont usually like melons but these are like candy and i could eat them all day. I'm going to write a short paper with my trials, documentation, and results when I'm done. Just add it to the list I guess
Here is a pic of one of these awesome AP melons:
Saturday, 21 September 2013 10:55
posted by Edd
Can we purchase tomato's from you?