Devastating Banana Fungus Arrives In Colombia, Threatening The Fruit’s Future — News : NPR

A fungus that has destroyed banana plantations in Asia is now in Latin America. The disease moves slowly, but there’s no cure, and it could mean calamity for the continent’s banana industry. (Image credit: Jan Sochor/LatinContent via Getty Images)

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Goat cheese — Le Drake Noir

Manic monday or something like. Goats, lots of goats, going home from the field for milking. Savoie on the edge of the french Alps is known for cheese, especially goat cheese. Goats are a very curious animal and not afraid to explore. So the girl must run because a goat has seen an open door. […]

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Food as Medicine: Anise (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae) — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Anise or aniseed (Pimpinella anisum, Apiaceae) is an herbaceous annual that grows to almost a meter (3.3 feet) in height.1,2 The lower leaves of the plant are dark green, heart-shaped, and shallowly lobed, while the upper leaves are feathery. In the summer, the plant produces small, white flowers in an umbrella-shaped head, and, in the fall, these flowers produce aromatic […]

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Eat: Italian Olive Oil and Lemon Cake with Flowering Rosemary —

Dreaming of an Italian holiday enjoying La Dolce Vita? Try this delicious cake recipe which will transport you to the cliffs of the stunning Amalfi Coast with its fragrant lemons, wild rosemary and local olive oil. Ingredients 4 eggs 1 cup of sugar 2 Lemons, juiced 1 teaspoon of lemon zest 1/2 a cup of…

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Leave It To Botanists To Turn Cooking Into A Science Lesson — News : NPR

Why do artichokes look so strange? What makes okra so slimy – and how can science help you turn that attribute into a taste sensation? Two botanists take plant science into the kitchen.(Image credit: Mary Mathis/NPR)

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Yes, We Have Pickles — New York State Parks Blog

Long before refrigeration and supermarkets made it possible to get fresh fruits and vegetables from around the world, our predecessors relied upon drying, salting, fermenting, and pickling summer’s bounty for winter meals. Allowing the wind and sun to dry food is the oldest method of food preservation. The Seneca and other New York Native American […]

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Woodpecker Happenings

Lots of woodpeckers have taken to the suet feeders over the last few weeks.

Their human admirer has upgraded their previously boring suet cake feeder…

to the more upscale and apparently supreme peanut / suet log.

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