- Students will be able to define peak ripeness and specify the days to peak ripeness for varieties in the Lab.
Teach the Teacher
Tools & Materials
- Spreadsheet for data collection
Imagine your life eating only food that was harvested at its peak ripeness. Yum! We’ve all had those amazing meals made possible by a single ingredient that seemed to transcend any other experience you’ve had tasting that one ingredient. Sweeter, more crisp, or more pronounced umami.
Now think just how much of a shame it is that we eat so many meals that are just, well, average.
How would it change your Lab, and your eating experiences, if you knew the amount of time from germination to transplant to peak ripeness (and harvest) for each variety in your Lab?
Farming operations that grow for restaurants and wholesale markets look for that granular detail to manage their operations. And really, it’s not that difficult with a little experimentation and proper management.
Record the time to peak ripeness for each variety that is being grown in the Lab. This will require frequent taste tests and discussion of the taste indicators that represent peak ripeness.
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