Submitted to: Review Article
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/15/2005
Publication Date: 2/10/2006
Citation: Lester, G.E. 2006. Environmental regulation of human health nutrients in fruits and vegetables. HortScience 41(1):59-64.
Technical Abstract: Three important chemicals and an essential mineral (phytonutrients) for human health and well-being are ascorbic acid, beta carotene, 5-methyl-tetrahydrofolic acid (folic acid) and potassium. In this review article, preharvest factors of cultivar, fruit size, soil type, and year were profiled for their influence on the accumulation of these phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables.