Fresh flowers are now being made from frozen berries and seeds, thanks to a breakthrough in plant science that could transform our ability to grow them in a plant-friendly way.
Fresh flowers, a popular way to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, were previously only available in frozen form.
But the discovery of a way to grow fresh berries from frozen roots could open up fresh fruit and vegetables from the ground to the point of harvest.
The technique, developed by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, uses a process called bio-farming, which involves growing plants from the soil, rather than from seed.
For this, the researchers first collected frozen flowers and roots from frozen vegetables.
Then, they mixed these frozen flowers, which are made of a complex mixture of sugars, nutrients and water, with nutrients from frozen root stock, which is a type of plant material that’s used to grow crops.
Then they added the roots, which can be frozen as well, and then dried them out, adding a little water and salt.
A combination of all three ingredients results in a product called a plant, which contains a mix of water, nutrients, and air, which the researchers say gives them a lot of flexibility to create fresh fruit.
They then cut the plant into small pieces and dried them in an oven at 120C for a day, with the hope that they’ll be able to produce fresh flowers.
After that, they put the whole plant into a water-tight container and put the plant back into the oven.
Once the plant has been submerged in water for five minutes, it’s ready for harvesting.
This is where things get interesting.
The researchers found that a combination of sugar, water and salts will help the plant to grow, with all three factors combined.
The plant will take advantage of the sugars, while the salts will give the plant a better water-soluble form of nutrients, which means the plant will be able absorb more nutrients than it would otherwise.
That means the more fresh flowers you put in the ground, the more fruits and veggies you can grow from them.
How it worksNow that this plant-based system has been demonstrated, the next step is to see if it works for fruit.
It is hoped that with further research, and new types of frozen fruits being produced, this method could be used to make produce that’s even better tasting and easier to store.