Were You Aware Of The Giant Crops That Grow In Alaska?!

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You might be surprised to learn that crops from a certain part of Alaska are well-deserving of the title “super-crops.” Why is that? As it turns out, there are no less that 20 hours of sun daily during certain periods in this state. Coincidentally, giant crops enjoy this much exposure to the sun immensely, which leads to gargantuan results – quite literally.

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If you head northeast from Anchorage, after 42 miles you’ll arrive in Palmer. This is where the Alaska State Fair takes place annually. This also happens to be the place where you’ll be able to see these culinary Goliaths firsthand. Farmers from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley are the stars of the show here. As it happens, some of the things on display at this fair are simply too big to recognize at first glance.

Examples of giant crops that are too big to believe include a 35-pound broccoli, a 65-pound cantaloupe and a 138-pound cabbage. These results are even more difficult to grasp when one considers the fact that, on average, Alaska’s growing season only lasts for 105 days. On the other hand, the same season doesn’t have long, dark nights. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the photosynthesis in such conditions acts as a steroid of sorts.

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At the peak of the growing season, the crops are able to enjoy up to 19 hours of sunlight daily. That also translates into the produce being sweeter than their lower 48 counterparts. This because it spends nearly 3/4 of the day producing sugar because of the prolonged photosynthesis. Similarly, it’s left to turn that sugar into starch for only 1/4 of the time. It is safe to say that these Alaskan foods are some of the largest on the planet. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, radishes, turnips, potatoes, beets, carrots, spinach, and lettuce all grow superbly here. And they say there’s no such thing as superfoods!

Sources:

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/10/alaskas-giant-vegetables.html?m=1