Strawberries get apitherapy
The British summer would not be summer without strawberries donning the tables at Wimbledon, Ascot and Henley. It appears that those strawberries are much better if they have been pollinated by bees. A study carried out at the University of Goettingen compared the quality of strawberries grown under varying conditions which included different types of pollination. The researchers created conditions where strawberry plants could be pollinated by wind, other insects or bees alone. Results showed that the bee pollinated strawberries were redder, bigger, had a longer shelf life and tasted better due to a beneficial sugar to acidity ratio. They also had less diseases and malformations. The research team have hypothesized that bee pollination has an effect on hormonal growth regulators and this improves the quality of the strawberries. It would be interesting to see what the difference in Vitamin C content was but unfortunately the research team didn't test that!
Yet another feather in the caps of the humble bee and followers of apitherapy. And hats off to anyone who is prepared to ask the staff in the major supermarkets if their strawberries were pollinated by bees!
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