Moldy Berries

There may be a way to save your berries from becoming furry!

WIll washing your berries in aloe vera juice help them go longer without molding?

Hypothesis: If berries are washed with aloe vera juice they won't mold as quickly as they would if washed in water because aloe vera acts as an anti-fungal.
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Procedure

  • Wash 10 strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries in water and place them in a plastic container, then refrigerate.
  • Wash 10 strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries in aloe juice and place them in a plastic retainer, then refrigerate.
  • Wait 10 days and then document the amount of moldy berries in each group.
This experiment is controlled because the only variable that I am changing is the variable that is being tested, which is the substance in which I wash the berries. To ensure that the results are not influenced by other factors, I will use the same type of berries (as opposed to berries bought from a different vendor), store the berries at the same temperature, and wait the same amount of time in both experiments.
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Conclusion

My hypothesis was proven correct. The berries washed in aloe vera juice were consistently less moldy than those washed in water. This shows that aloe vera's anti-fungal agents slow the growth of mold on berries.

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