A Higher Brix Level
is Worth the Effort
Testing the brix level of fruits and vegetables will give you a good idea of their quality, including not just sugars but
critical minerals and trace minerals.
Once you learn how to do a
then compare your results with a
The brix chart will tell you if the brix level you came up with is in the poor, average, good, or excellent range.
Definition of Brix Level
The brix level is the percentage of solids present in the juice of a plant. These solids are mostly made up of sugar and minerals. Just squeeze the item till you get a drop of juice, then use a Refractometer to test it’s brix level.
The Importance of Higher Brix
- Higher Brix Means Healthier Plants.
High brix is an indication that the plant has been grown in a healthy soil, with sufficient nutrients and water. A healthier plant is not as likely to be attacked by insects or disease.
- Higher Brix Means More Flavor. When shopping for fruits and vegetables, a higher brix level means better flavor. This is especially true when a good percentage of the brix is made up of minerals. If you have your own garden, a trace mineral product like
concentrated sea minerals
can help increase the amount of trace minerals in the sap, and take the flavor of what you grow to a whole new level. This is one of my favorite parts about gardening. Our tomatoes are deep red and have a wonderful tomato taste, unlike those we find on our salads when we go out to eat.
- Higher Brix Means Better Nutrition. Since every vitamin keys on a specific mineral, higher mineral content usually means an increase in vitamin content as well.
A two year study was done in Montana on wheat. For both years, the crops that were fed with a
trace mineral fertilizer
had a higher vitamin content. In fact, the 5 vitamins tested increased between 11 and 34 percent. If you want to grow a more nutritious garden, consider feeding your plants with trace minerals.
- Higher Brix Means Longer Shelf Life. Increasing the brix can double or triple shelf life, keeping produce from rotting. This can be huge. Who likes eating wilted, rotten food, anyway?
You don’t have to wait till you have fruit to test the brix level in your garden. One of the best ways to test the brix is to test a few leaves Just put them in a
squeeze to get a drop of juice, then test it with a Refractometer.
How to Raise the Brix Level of Your Garden
Brix level is directly linked to the health of the soil
It is important to balance the pH of the soil, and balance the calcium and other nutrients, too. However, it doesn’t stop there. Healthy soil is soil that is teaming with microbial life. A
good soil conditioner
can help to heal the soil by getting rid of salts and toxins, and increasing the microbial activity of the soil.
Notice in the picture above how the soil on the left is so much darker and richer after a year of improvement.
Brix level can be raised by feeding carbon to your garden
are excellent sources of carbon.
is a carbon product with over 3 million calories per gallon. It may be sprayed on the leaves as often as every 3 weeks. Adding molasses or white sugar to the soil at the rate of 3.5 pounds per a 20 feet by 20 feet area will increase carbon levels. Plants love carbon, and you should notice a nice increase in brix.
Raise brix by feeding your garden trace minerals
The percentage of minerals in ocean water is almost identical to the percentage of minerals found in plant sap (with the exception that
plants have a higher percentage of magnesium).
That is one of the reasons why I use products from the ocean like
and concentrated sea minerals. Each of these products contain all the trace minerals of the ocean. Not only do
increase the nutrition in what you grow, but people who use sea minerals like to brag about
how much better their garden produce tastes.
Highly structured water raises brix
Watering your garden with highly structured water can raise the brix substantially. To structure water, you need to run it through a device like a
Water Structuring Machine,
which uses vortexes to highly structure the water. Highly structuring water greatly increases the number of
Proof that Structured Water Raises Brix
A controlled brix test was done using STRUCTURED WATER to grow both strawberries and corn silage. On plants watered using the Hexahedron 999, the brix went up 25% on both crops, as compared to the control.
On the Strawberries, yields increased by 10%. For the corn silage, yields increased by 6%, plus relative feed value went up almost $100 worth per acre. For your garden, this means a nice increase in nutrition.
The brix level can tell you if
your garden is healthy.
Raising brix in wheat grass
Two tests were done on
wheat grass (scroll down to point 6 for pictures)
to compare growing wheat grass with regular water versus structured water, and to compare growing with regular water versus water containing Ocean Trace.
Unfortunately, the test wasn't done growing combining Ocean Trace with structured water. But from other tests that have been done, I know that this wheat grass will be wonderful, both in growth and nutrition.
Wheat grass instructions
- Mix 5 tsp. into a gallon of water.
- Pour the water through a portable
water structuring machine
- Put this water in a spray bottle, and water the wheat grass morning and evening
When watering time comes, if the tray feels a little heavy when it is time to water, don't water quite as much.
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