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» November 13, 2007 «
This should be a comeback year for most California-grown citrus fruit, if the state's groves can avoid another damaging freeze. Harvest has started for the state's most widely planted citrus, navel oranges, and the California Citrus Research Board says the buds producing this year's fruit escaped serious freeze damage. That's not so true for lemons, and production will rise only slightly from last season. But harvest of mandarins and other tangerines should rebound strongly.
It was a "tale of two crushes" for California winemakers this season. In an end-of-harvest report issued yesterday (Monday), the Wine Institute said the California winegrape harvest raced to an early start, then slowed significantly in mid-September. Winemakers surveyed by the institute said the extended season should yield top-quality wines. Because grapes grew to smaller sizes, flavors turned out to be more intense.
Everyone from our mothers to the National Institutes of Health tells us to eat more fruits and vegetables. So why don't we? The barriers to increased fruit and vegetable consumption will be among the topics at a symposium scheduled today (Tuesday) at the University of California, Davis. Speakers will discuss factors that affect fruit and vegetable purchases, including cost and flavor. The daylong symposium concludes with a tasting of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eating walnuts may provide a "longevity dividend" in health benefits that slow the aging process. New research from Tufts University in Boston suggests that adding walnuts to the diet can reduce and delay the onset of degenerative diseases related to age. The lead scientist in the walnut study says it adds to previous research showing similar benefits from consumption of strawberries, blueberries and grape juice.Top