| April 30, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: A Norwegian planter has invented a remarkable
soil amendment and a new marketing claim for a vegetable: two years
and still edible. Agromarin, an all-natural homemade blend of about
80 different vitamins and trace elements, has produced astonishing
results for planter Thorbjørn Kristensen. Including carrots
harvested in September 2002 that he can still eat.
According to newspaper Aftenposten, Kristensen's invention has
been approved by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and Debio,
the national organic board. Agromarin is currently produced by Norsk
Naturgjødsel (Norwegian Natural Fertiliser) but is still
undergoing the patenting process.
Kristensen has been testing his mix since 1996 on a variety of
food plants, with remarkable results. The 17-month old carrots resisted
exposure to rot and fungus and still retain their smell and flavor,
though they have dried out slightly.
The Agromarin carrots also have higher carbohydrate, beta-carotene,
calcium and vitamin E levels than 'normal' carrots.
Kristensen admitted that he was not a professional researcher and
was glad that his results were now being documented by a plant research
station in Kvithamar.