How Weather and Other Conditions Affect Flavor

I happened to see this link pass by on Twitter this afternoon, and I thought it was an interesting article.

Does Climate Affect the Taste of Apples? Minnesota vs. Washington Honeycrisp Apples

I knew that certain apple varieties do best in cooler climates for a variety of reasons, some of those reasons being eating quality. So, the article itself didn’t say much that was new. However, there are benefits to paying attention to this sort of thing. For instance, as nice as it might be to buy “locally grown” Honeycrisp apples, they probably wouldn’t taste like they should if grown here in Kansas. Don’t despair though! There are varieties of fruits and vegetables that are better adapted to the hot Kansas summers. Unfortunately, we don’t always know what those varieties are without trying them

Have you noticed that certain varieties of what you grow are just better flavored? I notice it most with lettuces in the spring. Some will taste sweet even if we have some warmer weather, and others will be bitter after a little heat.


About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on January 19, 2011, in Around the Garden and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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