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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:49 pm 
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A while back I remember someone mentioning a particular element or other nutrient that is responsible for good flavor in veggies. Some of my peppers last year were almost flavorless. Can anyone help? (FYI, I plan to get a soil test.)


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Flavor in fruits and vegetables comes from the trace minerals and complex carbohydrates in the plants. These important components of plants result from healthy soil. Healthy soil results from management that stimulates and protects the life of beneficial organisms. The management that does that is the organic program.


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My planting beds, lawn and household has been 100% organic for many years. I rarely had any issue with any herb or veggie I planted (except potatoes) and they were all delicious. HOWEVER, our jalepenos were so flavorless and bland that you could eat them like a bell pepper. I forget the name but I know the label indicated they were supposed to be hot.

Do you all think something in the soil could have changed the flavor and heat of the peppers?

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I have been organic for about 4 years and have added homemade compost to my veggie beds for the past 2-3 years. For my peppers, I have used organic fertilizer in addition to the compost added at planting time. Yet, some of my peppers are flavorless. Hubby thinks the various peppers are cross-pollinating and interfering with flavors. (I grew 14 pepper plants in a 4X8 raised bed.) But I thought cross-pollinating would only affect the next generation?

Could there be a micro-nutrient my soil is lacking that is not present in significant amounts from compost and organic fertilizer? Which battery of soil tests should I request from Texas Plant and Soil lab? They have so many options I don't know what I need.

Thanks, guys, for any help you have to offer . . .


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Keep in mind that most of the veggies we grow here are not native and that soil chemistry can affect lots of factors like color and flavor. I would just have the soil tested for veggie growing, they have a box for you to indicate what the main plants grown will be - and see what they come back with. Like Howard mentioned though, a basic organic program should balance out the soil - you could always spray some garlic pepper tea on them right before harvest :wink:

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