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Seasonal Produce: Best Time to Buy

Auburn, Alabama — Buying and eating food in its correct season is a cost-saving way to enjoy the health benefits of  seasonal produce. It also puts money back into the local economy and reduces  environmental impact. Growing seasons vary around the country. Today’s food system gives the illusion that certain fruits and vegetables are in season year-round. What are the costs and benefits of ... Read More »

Coconut Oil: What You Should Know

AUBURN, Alabama – Every day it seems like we discover new health benefits where we least expect to. In recent years, coconuts, specifically coconut oil, have sparked interest among dietitians and health enthusiasts.  Articles and ads promoting weight loss, Alzheimer’s disease prevention and cardiovascular health – It’s no wonder people are going coco-nutty. What is Coconut Oil? Coconut oil is a ... Read More »

Expiration dates 101

expiration dates

Auburn, Alabama—Expiration dates are posted on all packaged and/or processed food items found in the grocery store. However, fruits and vegetables are left for us to wonder if they are safe or not to eat. This can cause confusion when trying to remember how long certain produce items will stay fresh and where they can be stored. What are the ... Read More »

How to control June beetles

june beetle

AUBURN, Alabama—During spring, June beetles will be making an appearance in Alabama’s grassy areas, such as home lawns, pastures and hay fields. June beetle grubs pupate in cells in the soil during late April and May and remain in the pupal stage for 2 or 3 weeks. Newly emerged adults remain in the soil for an additional week or two. In most ... Read More »

Warm Weather Not Welcome for Peach Growers

peach orchard

CLANTON, Ala.—Sunny, mild days with highs in the 60s and 70s are the last thing Alabama’s peach growers want. A peach expert with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says growers would prefer cooler weather until bloom time. “We are behind on chill hours this year,” said Gary Gray, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent. “Varieties grown in Alabama may ... Read More »

Growing your own citrus

Citrus Tree

Mobile, Ala.—Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which means spring is just around the corner and warmer temperatures are quickly approaching. Nothing accompanies a hot day better than a nice glass of lemonade, but when you reach for your favorite store bought brand of citrus juice, can you be sure of what is in it? James Miles, a regional ... Read More »

November is National Pomegranate Month

The Pomegranate Fruit / Wikimedia Commons

November is National Pomegranate Month and it celebrates a fruit dating back to the ancient civilizations that can be enjoyed as a snack and grown in Alabama’s climate. The pomegranate is botanically classified as a berry and a semi-tropical fruit. Growing in mild-temperate climates, it is native to southeastern Europe and Asia and is harvested in August and September. Typically, the fruit ... Read More »

Preparing Your Produce Properly

Auburn, Ala.—Essential parts of every balanced diet are vibrant fruits and nutritious vegetables. However, with the discussions concerning pesticides in our produce, it is hard to determine which and when fruits and vegetables are safe to consume. Do you have to buy organically grown produce to avoid pesticide residue? Are conventionally grown fruits and veggies a health risk? The recommended way ... Read More »

Fruit Flies: The Ultimate Fiend

AUBURN, Ala.-Fruit flies are pests that most households have had to deal with from time to time. They are small flies most often found in the kitchen that people do not know how to get rid of. Where do these little menaces come from? How do you get rid of them? How do you prevent them from coming back? Dr. ... Read More »

Farmers Fighting Pest Pressures in Crops

Fall armyworm. John C. French Sr., Retired, Universities:Auburn, GA, Clemson and U of MO, Bugwood.org

Farmers in Alabama have worked hard to protect crops from a number of pests that have caused significant damage this summer. Most crop pests are the typical invaders — fall armyworms, beet armyworms, tobacco budworms and corn earworm — while others are newer to Alabama crops, like the spotted wing drosophila and sugarcane aphid.  Pest Pressure Update Dr. Kelly Palmer, Pest ... Read More »