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  • Here's The Scoop On Jackfruit, A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World

    05/01/2014 6:54:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    NPR ^ | May 01, 2014 | Marc Silver
    It's not every fruit that gets its own international symposium. Then again, the jackfruit is not your typical fruit. It's got a distinctive, musky smell, and a flavor that some describe as like Juicy Fruit gum. It is the largest tree fruit in the world, capable of reaching 100 pounds. And it grows on the branches — and the trunks — of trees that can reach 30, 40, 50 feet. (Trunk-growing is a good thing because it reduces the odds of a jackfruit bopping you on the head.) Jackfruits are also a nutritional bonanza: high in protein, potassium and vitamin...
  • Buffaloberry: The New Super Food?

    11/18/2013 12:01:35 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 26 replies
    Newsmax Health ^ | 11/15/13 | Nick Tate
    According to a new study in the Journal of Food Science, the buffaloberry contains large amounts of cancer-fighting lycopene and a related acidic compound, methyl-lycopenoate, which are important antioxidants and nutrients beneficial for human health.
  • Plight of the bumblebee: Disappearance?

    03/03/2013 7:15:47 AM PST · by Renfield · 40 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2-28-2013 | Beth Borenstein
    It's not just honey bees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest. Two new studies in Thursday's journal Science conclude that wild bees like the American bumblebee are increasingly important in pollinating flowers and crops that provide us with food. And, at least in the Midwest, they seem to be dwindling in an alarming manner, possibly from disease and parasites. Wild bees are difficult to track, so scientists have had a hard time knowing what's happening to them. But because of one man in a small town in Illinois in the 1890s,...
  • Juice company grows fruits embossed with own logo.

    05/18/2012 4:18:07 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Fox News
    This may be the beginning of the end for the beloved Chiquita Banana sticker. Brazilian advertising agency, AGE Isobar, has developed a way to grow fruit embossed with company logos. The agency sealed tropical fruits in plastic molds that, if done correctly, would produce fruit bearing their clients' logo. In an AGE Isobar video, set to the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm," the agency walks the viewer through the process of growing, harvesting and displaying the branded fruits. A tour through a Brazilian orchard quickly turns from rustic to creepy and futuristic as a gardener displays baby guavas...
  • Boxwood Blight Invades North America [Origin A Puzzle]

    01/22/2012 10:21:44 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 38 replies
    ScienceNews.org ^ | January 20th, 2012 | Susan Milius
    Devastating fungus has already stripped shrubbery in Europe and New Zealand. Shrubs may be trembling by doorsteps across North America as an aggressive fungus disease of boxwood invades the continent. Boxwood blight, caused by a Cylindrocladium fungus, was unknown to science before 2000 but has now spread through Europe and New Zealand. In October, U.S. authorities confirmed that the blight had jumped continents, with infections confirmed in North Carolina and Connecticut. By mid-January, with growers and pathologists on alert, the fungus had turned up in at least five more states — Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Oregon — and...
  • Eating Apples Extends Lifespan of Test Animals by 10 Percent

    03/08/2011 6:59:09 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 03-08-2011 | Staff
    Scientists are reporting the first evidence that consumption of a healthful antioxidant substance in apples extends the average lifespan of test animals, and does so by 10 percent. The new results, obtained with fruit flies -- stand-ins for humans in hundreds of research projects each year -- bolster similar findings on apple antioxidants in other animal tests. The study appears in ACS's of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Zhen-Yu Chen and colleagues note that damaging substances generated in the body, termed free radicals, cause undesirable changes believed to be involved in the aging process and some diseases. Substances known as antioxidants...
  • Price rises could make juices a 'luxury'

    01/28/2011 7:24:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 28, 2011
    Rocketing prices of fruit juice in commodity markets could soon make apple and orange juice an unaffordable "luxury," a trade publication says. The Grocer magazine says a series of bad harvests from Florida to China, combined with increased demand from Asian countries, has pushed the price of orange and apple juices up on the world market, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Industry experts say prices could increase by as much as 80 per cent for orange juice and 60 per cent for apple juice in 2011, the newspaper said. In the past year, the price of a one-quart carton of...
  • Like a Tree Planted...Psalm 1

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.(Psalm 1:1-3)In the first Psalm, God reveals the marks of the truly blessed man. His blessedness comes not from outward...
  • Barney Did "Cook the Books" -- Here's How

    09/22/2010 12:09:34 PM PDT · by Sparky1776 · 25 replies
    Bielet for Congress ^ | Sept 21, 2010 | Sean Bielat
    Mr. Spillane, I have to admit that I'm puzzled by one of your recent columns accusing me of a “cheap shot” on Barney Frank. You said: “So today, Bielat is out with a press release announcing that Barney Frank 'cooked the books' for House Financial Services Committee member Maxine Waters but he offers no fair-minded evidence that that was the case.” I know you're an intelligent man, and even the smartest of us make mistakes. So let's go look again at the evidence, shall we? Last week, The Washington Post broke the story that OneUnited Bank received special treatment from...
  • My Spirit IS The Fruit ! Let Me Flow ~ ~ ~

    09/16/2010 5:01:22 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 21 replies · 1+ views
    My Spirit IS The Fruit ! Let Me Flow ~ ~ ~ Do you see my children I have come to bring you my love ; In Correction , Guidance , Promises , Blessings and more but in all these things I bring , as I look down upon some I see a talent hidden or buried not bearing fruit ?! So let My spirit as your eternal gift move and flow Freely for it is The Fruit I Bear through you my children ~ ~ ~ So Do My will and do not fear the enemy for I AM...
  • Nationwide Saturday Cookout Recipes in Honor of 9/11

    09/09/2010 2:59:49 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 92 replies
    Self | 9/9/10 | Self
    I am looking for recipes for a good cookout meat this Saturday. Anyone?
  • The Miraculous Disease Fighting Fruit

    08/28/2010 10:25:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    CBN ^ | Dr. Leo Galland, M.D., and Jonathan Galland
    CBN.com –Fresh apples signal the fall harvest—bright red with an amazing aroma. We have heard the saying “an apple a day,” but with exotic fruits getting the headlines, what are the benefits of the ordinary apple? According to research, apples may have beneficial effects for diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and asthma. The emerging data on apples is impressive and should have a profound impact on making healthy eating choices. Apples are packed with powerful phytonutrients that can support the body’s healing and disease-fighting ability. That’s why apples are a star ingredient in the recipes and meal plans of our...
  • Banana-costumed Port Angeles man suspected of exposing self, brandishing gun

    08/18/2010 5:01:29 PM PDT · by llevrok · 37 replies · 2+ views
    PORT ANGELES, Wash. – A man in a banana costume is accused of exposing himself and brandishing a shotgun while riding around with a bunch of friends in Port Angeles. The Clallam County sheriff's office says the 21-year-old was arrested Tuesday evening for investigation of indecent exposure and reckless endangerment. The Peninsula Daily News reports police first received a report of the costumed man exposing himself at a restaurant. Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Pieper says they also drove through a neighborhood where the man got out brandishing the gun. After his arrest, the man couldn't explain why he was costumed. The...
  • Mount Sinai study finds only a weak link between fruit and vegetable and reduced risk of cancer

    04/06/2010 2:56:37 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies · 503+ views
    An analysis by Mount Sinai researchers of over eight years of dietary data from more than 400,000 people has found that the relationship between high consumption of fruits and vegetables and a reduced risk of cancer is not as strong as commonly thought. The study is published online April 6, 2010 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It is widely believed that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer. In 1990, the World Health Organization recommended eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day to prevent cancer and other diseases. However,...
  • California GOP Lawmaker Roy Ashburn Says He's Gay

    03/08/2010 1:12:10 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 73 replies · 598+ views
    CBSNews ^ | 03-08-2010 | Brian Montopoli
    Roy Ashburn, the conservative California state senator who was arrested last week for drunk driving after reportedly leaving a gay bar, has acknowledged that he is gay. CBS13 reports that Ashburn made the announcement to a radio station where he used to host a talk show. "I'm gay," he told radio host Inga Barks, according to the Sacramento Bee. "Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long."
  • After Anti-Gay Cartoon, How Will Notre Dame Respond to Outcry?

    02/16/2010 1:32:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies · 950+ views
    PoliticsDaily ^ | February 16, 2010
    After Anti-Gay Cartoon, How Will Notre Dame Respond to Outcry? Posted: 02/16/2010 SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame's student newspaper made national headlines when it printed an anti-gay comic strip on Jan. 13. The backlash was vocal, intense and deserved -- the comic depicted one character asking another how to turn a "fruit" into a "vegetable." The response: "a baseball bat." On campus, the response has also been adamant -- in support of the LGBT members of Notre Dame's student body, faculty and staff. And as a result of the incident, a group of students and faculty...
  • Miami-Dade Police look for suspect in tomato fight that left man with broken neck

    02/15/2010 9:31:40 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 753+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | February 15, 2010 | Adam H. Beasley and Robert Samuels
    A dispute over a tomato in South Miami-Dade sent a Miami Beach man to the hospital with a fractured neck and left police scrambling to identify his attacker. Robert Lerner, 44, was on his way to the Redland area for a photo shoot with his 10-year-old daughter just after 9 a.m. on Jan. 28 when she became fascinated by the sight of a tomato field.
  • Four Farm Workers Detained After Roadside Stop (N.Y. Farmer declares Racial Profiling)

    08/20/2009 8:23:39 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 7 replies · 1,480+ views
    WayugaTimes ^ | 8/19/09
    NORTH ROSE – A Wolcott fruit grower is accusing the U.S. Border Patrol of racially profiling four of his workers who were stopped on Route 414 Aug. 17 as they were returning to his farm from a trip to purchase clothing. The men were all detained and taken for processing; Border Patrol Officer E. Rodriguez, who was in charge of the scene, told fruit grower Brian Doyle the men volunteered they were in the U.S. illegally. Doyle said Rodriguez then accused him of being a “federal criminal” because he employed the men. He said Rodriguez continually referred to the men...
  • Fruit safety: Government report shows more than 50 pesticides on peaches.

    08/13/2009 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Fawn · 18 replies · 769+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 8-13-09 | By Monica Eng
    Shoppers face an array of choices on fruit but little guidance on which type to pick. Expensive organic? Pricey farmers' market? Cheap ones from the grocery store? Cost is certainly important. But there are essential numbers that go beyond the price tag. Which contain the highest levels of pesticides?
  • The Fruit of Provision

    06/20/2009 6:18:43 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 289+ views
    " The Fruit of Provision " That bears ~ Eternal Sustainment ~ ( Father~Son~Spirit ) Tender to touch because he loves us so much, ( The Father ) It's revealing to see, For it consists of eternity, There is no depth or mind, For you are already mine, ( Jesus ) Your existance is within, I've captured your heart and released you from sin, So freedom is your eyes, (Holy Spirit- 7 eyes ) And my throne your disguise, For untouchable you have become, For you exist now in my kingdom, Do not be eager to leave, Just trust and...
  • Men in heels march to help stop violence (high-heeled sling-back open-toe pumps)

    05/26/2009 3:56:09 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 27 replies · 1,534+ views
    PennLive.com ^ | 5/26/2009 | Mary Klaus
    Bret DeLone winced, wobbled and occasionally whined on Monday as he gamely walked nearly a mile in a pair of high-heeled shoes as a protest of rape, sexual assault and violence. "I've got a blister on each foot," the Camp Hill resident said, happily slipping out of black high-heeled sling-back open-toe pumps and donning his sneakers. "These shoes didn't fit very well. But I received more than a few compliments on my legs, so I can't complain. It was all for a good cause." DeLone and about 40 other men wearing women's shoes strolled down Market Street in Camp Hill...
  • 7 Amazing Genetically Modified Fruits and Veggies

    03/24/2009 8:28:12 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 31 replies · 1,851+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 03 24 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    So there are a lot of environmental wackos, organic food junkies, hippies, libtards, the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, and dickheads that think genetically modified food is evil. But what they don't realize is, this practise has gone on for thousands of years through grafting, selective breeding, etc. No "organic" food they eat today is exactly the same as it was 1000 years ago. Plus, when you look at amazing foods like those listed below, you have to admit there is some use to genetic modification. Graisins (Image via Elanso) The graisin (or giant raisin) is a...
  • America’s forgotten fruit

    02/10/2009 4:35:38 PM PST · by posterchild · 15 replies · 856+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 4, 2009 | Craig Summers Black
    Somewhere on an old Nike missile site in an undisclosed Chicago location, a tiny tropical-looking paw-paw tree is rising mysteriously out of the scrubby soil. Credit its emergence to John Vukmirovich, the Johnny Appleseed of the pawpaw world – a self-proclaimed member of the “pawpaw conspiracy” (a type of pawpaw liberation front, if you will), a surreptitious sower extraordinaire of this country’s largest native fruit. Never heard of it? That may change. Earlier this month Ohio declared the oval, green produce its “official state native fruit.” And proponents of local food, who eschew imported fruit, regularly declare the environmental and...
  • Jordan, Scandinavian and UK protest Israeli fruit imports

    01/30/2009 4:42:29 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 515+ views
    Port2Port ^ | Jan 19, 2009 | Staff
    Fruit growers in Israel reported delays and reductions in orders from abroad due to various boycotts against Israeli produce Jordanian Islamist and leftist activists staged last week a sit-in at the country's wholesale food market to protest against exotic Israeli fruits and vegetables being sold. The protesters, holding anti-Israeli banners, urged merchants to suspend imports from Israel of a variety of exotic fruits such as avocado, kiwi along with carrots and tomatoes sold in groceries and supermarkets. In the UK a boycott of Israeli products and leisure tourism (not pilgrimages) was launched at the House of Commons on Wednesday night....
  • How to tell a bad tree

    01/22/2009 11:18:13 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 7 replies · 446+ views
    Loyal to LIberty ^ | Thursday, January 22, 2009 | Alan Keyes
    Simple logic: Jesus said "by their fruits ye shall know them." We take this to mean that a tree is bad because its fruit is bad, but in fact it's not a statement about what determines the objective condition of the tree. It's a statement about the empirical basis for our knowledge of its condition. If the tree bears bad fruit, it's a bad tree. Any fruit that comes from it is bad, since a bad tree cannot (does not have the power to) bear good fruit. Christ's assertion seems contrary to possible human experience. Don't we find bad cherries...
  • Acai anyone?

    01/21/2009 5:51:57 PM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 35 replies · 1,506+ views
    1-21-09 | self
    Anyone know about Acai berry juice? Expensive, but comes with glowing recommendations. A Dr told me he cut his cholesterol by 35% and lost 40 lbs...
  • Devotional: De-legislating Fruit

    10/31/2008 4:03:23 AM PDT · by tenger · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | October 31, 2008 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 A very popular phrase used by people who do not appreciate moral truth is "you can’t legislate morality." You’ve heard it but what does it mean? The phrase is used against people who have moral problems with issues of the day: abortion, death penalty, abstinence among teens, right to die, sexual promiscuity, etc. While it is not the space or time to debate the merits of that phrase, it is very clear that you...
  • Pelosi Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Economic Rescue Legislation (This is a heartbeat away?)

    10/04/2008 6:12:11 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 19 replies · 551+ views
    yahoo ^ | Fri Oct 3, 5:30 PM ET | Nancy Pelosi
    "Good afternoon. Thank you all for being here. As we observe the passage of the very serious piece of legislation, we must do so with an eye to the future. We were faced with a situation that had terrible ramifications for everyone on Main Street, but all the attention was on Wall Street. We wanted to turn that attention and that was our intention in the legislation.
  • A fruit that tricks the tongue

    05/28/2008 11:47:14 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 27 replies · 71+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 28 May 2008, 2317 hrs IST | Patrick Farrell & Kassie Bracken
    Carrie Dashow dropped a large dollop of lemon sorbet into a glass of Guinness, stirred, drank and proclaimed that it tasted like a "chocolate shake". Nearby, Yuka Yoneda tilted her head back as her boyfriend, Albert Yuen, drizzled Tabasco sauce onto her tongue. She swallowed and considered the flavor: "Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!" They were among 40 or so people who tasted under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy. The miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum,...
  • Gentleness: The Mark of a Christian [Open]

    05/15/2008 5:36:43 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 26 replies · 80+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | Winter 1996 | Noel Hornor
    Gentleness: The Mark of a Christian Gentleness, so sadly lacking in this world, should be evident in the life of a Christian. What is gentleness, and how can it be a part of your life? by Noel Hornor "I love those dear hearts and gentle people who live in my home town. Because those dear hearts and gentle people will never, ever let you down." The words of this song, written 47 years ago by Bob Hilliard, call to mind a time when the world was (at least in our collective memory) a more neighborly place. Do you sometimes find...
  • Salmonella Cases In 16 States From Cantaloupes

    03/28/2008 2:12:30 PM PDT · by kingattax · 19 replies · 735+ views
    Washington -- The Bush administration is assuring Honduran officials it will move quickly to inspect facilities in Honduras that exported cantaloupes linked to dozens of cases of salmonella in 16 states. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and other U.S. officials have met with Honduran officials, who urged the creation of a joint task force to inspect the melon growers and packers. Leavitt says a U.S. team has been sent to Honduras to get the process going. The Food and Drug Administration blocked imports of the melons from a Honduran distributor after the illnesses were reported. There have been...
  • Scouts to earn skateboard badge [UK]

    01/15/2008 2:35:06 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 540+ views
    BBC ^ | 12 January 2008, 00:50 GMT | Anon
    Scouts to earn skateboard badgehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7183888.stmLast Updated: Saturday, 12 January 2008, 00:50 GMT A revamp of the scout movement will allow boys and girls to earn badges for skills such as skateboarding, making a fruit salad and racing quad bikes. The Scout Association said 40 new badges marked the largest ever overhaul of the activities of the movement. Chief Scout Peter Duncan said: "Young people today have a larger choice than ever before of activities to fill their spare time with." The new badges will be launched this weekend at the scouts' winter camp. The event for the 500,000-strong movement is...
  • Fruit Cake: Need Some Advice

    01/08/2008 7:18:52 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 50 replies · 776+ views
    01/08/08 | vanity
    I'm (apparently) one of the few people in North America who actually LIKES commercially prepared fruit cake. (Tastes good AND "adds bulk" to diet.) I found a whole tin on sale today and bought it before sanity could set in. Very tasty, but way too much for one person ! Is it possible to freeze portions of standard over-the-counter fruit cakes ? ps: NO. I do NOT want your surplus fruit cakes !!
  • Eat Fruits And Veggies While Breastfeeding And Baby Will Probably Like Them

    12/04/2007 1:43:39 PM PST · by blam · 39 replies · 987+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-4-2007 | Monell Chemical Senses Center.
    Eat Fruits And Veggies While Breastfeeding And Baby Will Probably Like Them ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2007) — Moms, want your baby to learn to like fruits and vegetables? Breastfed babies whose mothers eat fruits and vegetables are more inclined to like those foods themselves, a new study has found. (Credit: iStockphoto/Amy Kimball) According to new research from the Monell Center, if you're breast feeding, you can provide baby with a good start by eating them yourself. And, offer your baby plenty of opportunities to taste fruits and vegetables as s/he makes the transition to solid foods by giving repeated feeding...
  • Fruity artworks in Sweden's big apple

    09/24/2007 3:01:05 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies · 74+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 09/24/2007 | Christine Demsteader
    Christine Demsteader discovers that for one village in southern Sweden the humble apple is more than a healthy snack: a push to support Swedish farmers led a local artist to turn apples into an art form. The year 1987 was crunch time for the Swedish apple. The combined forces of the then- EEC and the USA posed a threat to apple farmers' livelihoods. But local producers in southern Sweden decided to bite back. And their fight proved so fruitful they even made it into the record books.
  • *** The OFFICIAL Weekend Singles Thread *** August 24-26 2007 - Summer Fund and Food

    08/24/2007 5:18:32 PM PDT · by snugs · 100 replies · 786+ views
    24th August 2007 | Snugs
    Well summer is in full swing or coming to an end depending upon where you live. How has this summer been for you? Do you like summer? What are your favourite summer food? Do you think that summer emphasis or eases the problems or joys of being single.? Did you go away this year if so was it fun? Did you meet some interesting people? Did anything or fun or embarrassing happen? As summer draws to an end and autumn beckons does this make you sad or do you like autumn? The wonderful colours and wonders of nature as the...
  • Plenty of Apples, but Possibly a Shortage of Immigrant Pickers

    08/22/2007 10:25:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 100 replies · 1,360+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 21, 2007 | LISA W. FODERARO
    HAMPTONBURGH, N.Y., Aug. 16 — With a look of supreme satisfaction, Jeff Crist squinted at the Ginger Golds and Jonamacs ripening under an incandescent sun at his apple orchard here: the trees were so laden that they almost seemed to strain under the effort. “It’s a vintage crop — a solid quality crop, which means good sugars in the apples,” he said. “They should eat very nicely, almost like a good wine.” This is the third year in a row of near-perfect weather, and Mr. Crist, a fourth-generation apple grower, like many other growers in the Hudson Valley, is finally...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong Il, "Eat Fruits by Planting Fruit Trees in Every Home."

    08/17/2007 10:50:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1,344+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 08/15/07 | Han Young Jin
    Kim Jong Il, "Eat Fruits by Planting Fruit Trees in Every Home." By Han Young Jin, Reporter from Pyongyang [2007-08-15 17:22 ] The Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League magazine, "Youth Vanguard" maintained, "Every household should plant at least five stumps of fruit trees, according to Kim Jong Il's command. A beautiful landscape made up of persimmon, apple, and pear orchards and houses peace is unfolding in the fatherland." Youth Vanguard said on the 5th,"Every home should plant fruit trees. The great General has ordered that each farm plant over five stumps of fruit trees and he has now ordered...
  • Thai Scientist Successfully Cultivates Odourless Durians

    07/29/2007 12:20:56 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 27 replies · 705+ views
    ChannelNewsAsia.com ^ | July 27, 2007 | By Anasuya Sanyal
    (BANGKOK)--Thai scientist, Professor Songpol Somsri, has successfully cultivated an odourless durian. Chantaburi 1 is the world's first cultivated durian that is guaranteed not to exude that unmistakable smell. The durian is either the king of fruits and a delicacy to some or a smelly inconvenience to others. With the advent of an odourless durian, people who were previously completely turned off by the fruit may be able to enjoy it now. At the same time, durian lovers may turn their noses up at the mere idea of the fruit without its famous fragrance. Professor Songpol said by cultivating Chantaburi 1,...
  • New gizmos keep fruit fresh for US troops in Iraq

    06/08/2007 8:34:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 867+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/8/07 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - In the dusty battlegrounds of Iraq where open-air food shopping poses a security threat, new technology is allowing US troops to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, even in remote desert locations. "Scientists have shown a direct link between mood, morale and performance when based on the impact of what you eat," said Gerald Darsch, director of the US Army's "combat feeding" program at the Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts. And "fresh fruits and vegetables clearly is a request." Darsch this week gave Congress a rundown on the latest scientific developments to help an...
  • Scientists say fruity cocktails are health food

    04/21/2007 9:05:25 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 20 replies · 998+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 21 Apr, 2007 0204 hrs IST | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: A fruity cocktail may not only be fun to drink but may count as health food, US and Thai researchers said on Thursday. Adding ethanol — the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits — boosted the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries, the researchers found. Any coloured fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Dr Korakot Chanjirakul and colleagues at Kasetsart University in Thailand and scientists at the US department of agriculture stumbled upon...
  • Study Reveals How Drunken Bats Sober Up

    04/13/2007 12:26:05 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 17 replies · 759+ views
    Livesience via AP Yahoo ^ | Charles Q. Choi
    Bats often risk getting drunk off cocktails of alcohol that stew inside ripened fruit. And just as driving is dangerous for intoxicated humans, so is flying for boozy bats.
  • The Honey Bee Crisis of 2007: Escalating Honey Bee Decline Baffles Scientists

    02/28/2007 9:36:57 AM PST · by Uncledave · 97 replies · 5,934+ views
    Suite 101 ^ | 2/28/2007 | Sally Morton
    The Honey Bee Crisis of 2007 Escalating Honey Bee Decline Baffles Scientists Sally Morton Feb 17, 2007 The honey bee crisis in the United States has been escalating for several years, rising to "unprecedented" levels of honey bee losses between Oct 2006 and Feb 2007. The honey bee crisis of 2005, which was blamed on the Varoa mite, decimated as much as 50% of honey bee populations in the US, but was weathered, overcome, and quickly passed out of most people’s vocabulary. I wrote an article about it for Suite 101, which you can read here. In it, I gave...
  • Science Traces Roots Of 'Traditional English' Apple Back To Central Asia

    02/24/2007 7:38:25 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 956+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-25-2007 | Richard Gray
    Science traces roots of 'traditional English' apple back to central Asia By Richard Gray, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:30am GMT 25/02/2007 It is a taste of the English countryside, but the origins of the apple lie far from our shady orchards. English apples can be traced back over 7,000 years English apples are direct descendants of fruit trees growing in an inhospitable mountainous region of central Asia, plant scientists at Oxford University have discovered. The DNA of England's famous apple varieties is almost identical to that of fruit found in the Tian Shan forest which lies on the border of...
  • Lively Overview of Tu B'shevat

    02/02/2007 10:15:06 AM PST · by APRPEH · 118+ views
    Aish.com ^ | for 15 Shevat | Rabbi Avi Geller
    The tree as a metaphor for personal growth. Tom was about to collapse. Three days of trekking through the desolate desert had taken its toll: fatigued and parched from a thirst that only a barren stretch of wilderness could produce. The sun blazing overhead was making his head spin. His stomach constantly reminded him of how empty it was. How long had it been since he had partaken of a decent meal? Just when he could barely take it anymore Tom noticed something looming ahead on the horizon. Could that really be a fruit tree? It must be a mirage...
  • Apples Unhealthy?

    01/30/2007 7:14:34 AM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies · 1,790+ views
    Fruit's natural sugars a no, no - Edwina Farley "Australian and New Zealand fruit growers are worried new draft standards for health claims on food, could mean certain fruits are considered unhealthy. Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released draft guidelines governing nutrition and health claims made about food. Under the draft, foods with more than 16 grams of sugar per serve can't be advertised as healthy, ruling out fruits like mangoes, grapes and apples."
  • Pomologists Bite Off More Than They Can Chew With 200-Year-Old Apple Mystery

    01/29/2007 6:40:07 PM PST · by blam · 117 replies · 4,552+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-30-2007 | Richard Savill
    Pomologists bite off more than they can chew with 200-year-old apple mystery By Richard Savill Last Updated: 2:01am GMT 30/01/2007 The identity of an apple variety that has been growing in Dorset for 200 years has left fruit specialists baffled. For generations, the family of Diana Toms has affectionately referred to the fruit as Granfer's Apple, after her great, great grandfather who planted the tree in 1803. The family has asked pomologists to help establish the cooking apple's identity but they have so far been unable to solve the mystery. Mrs Toms, 83, said: "I am rather pleased it is...
  • Fruit prices soar following cold damage(Better stock up tomorrow!)

    01/16/2007 8:37:35 PM PST · by kellynla · 82 replies · 1,204+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7:15 PM PST, January 16, 2007 | Sharon Bernstein and Jerry Hirsch
    With half of California's navel orange crop destroyed by a cold snap, the wholesale price of the fruit soared Tuesday as agriculture officials warned that consumers will soon be paying more for other produce such as avocados, carrots and lettuce. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday declared a state of emergency in 10 counties hardest hit — even as state officials predicted that the frigid temperatures would continue in many agriculture zones through the weekend. Forecasters predict lows 7 to 10 degrees below normal this week, raising the specter of more crop damage. In the strongest sign of that the freeze will...
  • "Without Migrant Labor, Fruit Rotting on the Vine" (it's all the Republicans' fault!)

    09/25/2006 10:39:57 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 38 replies · 604+ views
    Dallas Morning News, pg. 26A ^ | Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 | Unknown; NYT
    "Stepped-up border enforcement kept many illegal Mexican migrant workers out of California this year, farmers and labor contractors said, putting new strains on the state's shrinking seasonal farm labor force. Labor shortages have also been reported by apple growers in Washington and upstate New York. Growers have gone from frustrated to furious with Congress, which has all but given up on passing legislation this year to create an agricultural guest-worker program. Recently, 300 growers representing every major agricultural state rallied on the front lawn of the Capitol carrying baskets of fruit to express their ire..."
  • Celebrating the return of the date

    09/19/2006 7:48:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 433+ views
    Watch video of the festivalWatch an interview with a date palm farmer Farmers exhibited different varieties of dates at a date palm festival in Baqubah. Date palms are a vital crop in the heavily agricultural region. They are also a traditional staple in Iraqis' diet. Department of Defense photo. Residents of Baqubah celebrated a local staple on Monday - a “date festival” placed the town’s focus on a banner harvest from the area’s date palm trees. Situated alongside a river in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, Baqubah has for centuries been a center of agriculture and commerce. Though rich...