More Antioxidants in Old Varieties of Apples

Fri, 20/03/2009 – Jude Fanton

The New Zealand Tree Crop Association commissioned assays and a full analysis of antioxidant levels in the skin and flesh of fifty-nine varieties of apples. The analysis found generally that traditional varieties and seedlings contained more antioxidants than commercial ones.
This research will come as a shock to commercial apple breeders when they compare the levels of compounds in traditional (heritage) apples with those of the modern cultivars, and realise just how much is missing from the modern apple. Download a pdf of the apple study. See http://www.treecrops.org.nz/resrch/apple/applecanc.html