Choosing the Right Seed

Making the best food for your little one starts with choosing the right seeds, varieties and growing regions. That’s why we only use those that will make vibrant, naturally sweet and delicious fruits and veggies.

Before a crop is planted, before it is tended and long before it is harvested, there is the seed.

Gerber puts careful consideration into the seeds it chooses because it knows just this: The seeds that sprout to make Gerber’s baby food are chosen, more than any reason, because Gerber grows for babies.

Not all seeds are right for this purpose. Gerber’s Agriculture Team looks high and low to find seeds that fit the bill. First and foremost, the seed must mature into delicious produce. (Sugars and salts are not added to Gerber purees, so taste must come exclusively from the ingredients themselves.) The color of the fruits or veggies a seed yields must be lush. And the seed should be tough — able to stand up to weather conditions as well as not be susceptible to pests.

Even after that seed is found, there is a balance that must be struck. A seed that might yield a delicious crop might not be right for the growing conditions.

It is the Agriculture Team’s task to find a seed that checks all boxes — and years of expertise allow it to do just that. Each year, the Agriculture Team evaluates new seeds that might produce better food for babies. They consider research from agriculture experts, and will test seeds’ viability by planting smaller-sized crops on farms that grow for Gerber and analyzing the results.

If the produce grown is good enough for Gerber, a new seed may be added to the rotation. Because taking the time to find the right seed for your little one is important.

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