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when i put some of my bing cherries in the fridge, it looks like there is little white worms on the outside of the cherries.

Monday, May 31st, 2010
This could be a sign of spoilage. The best way to store Bing cherries is to place unwashed Bing cherries in a plastic bag and store in a refrigerator. When you are ready to eat them, wash them and let them  Read More
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whats foods i will accept everyday for body and mental strength

Monday, May 31st, 2010
There are tons of vitamins and mineral in fruit and vegetables that promote healthy functioning of the body and mental strength. There are multiple health benefits from all of the nutrients. Since the list  Read More
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is it safe to water my garden in the direct sunlight?

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
The best time to water your plants is in the cool of the morning or evening when the wind is calm, the sun is less hot, and water loss through evaporation is minimal. This will be the most beneficial to your plants. Visit our Vegetable Garden: How-to Guide for all of your gardening questions.
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My tomato plants are big and healthy with a lot of fruit.Problem is the tomatoes are rotting on bottom before they ripen?

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
This problem is know as blossom end rot. This is when a small water-soaked spot appears near the blossom end of the tomato. As it enlarges, the spot becomes dark brown to black, sunken and leathery (i.e. it  Read More
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How do I keep bumble bees away from my crock neck squash? Also I do I know when my carrots are ready to pick?

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Know that bees can be a gardeners/farmer’s friend because they help with pollination. But if those bumble bees become a problem, there are a few things you can do.  These include
  1. The more flowers you have,  Read More
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Can you Juice brussel sprouts? And or with what other veggie can you mix with brussel sprouts can you juce to help taste

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Brussels sprouts can be juiced. Try combining Brussels sprout juice with tomato juice. Combining orange and apple juice with a small amount of Brussels sprout juice is a sweet alternative. Experimenting on  Read More
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should you wash grapes before you store them in frig in a plastic bag? i ask because my grapes are wilting fast and dont last long in frig and i have tried washing them 1st

Friday, May 21st, 2010
Grapes should be washed when you are ready to use them. The “dusty” look that you see on grapes (and blueberries) is the fruit’s natural preservative, called “bloom.” Not washing off the natural bloom until  Read More
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do you have any videos on fruits and veggies for a presentatioon …the audience is senior citizens. thanks need it soon

Friday, May 21st, 2010
Our Video Center has tons of videos on the selection, storage, and preparation of numerous fruits and vegetables. The videos are short segments that can easily be added into your presentation! 
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Do tomatoes have to be cooked in order to reap the vitamin benefits? If so, how long must they be cooked?

Friday, May 21st, 2010
Tomatoes and all fruits and vegetables offer vitamin and mineral benefits in all forms (fresh, frozen, cooked, dried, canned, or 100% juice). There is some evidence that heating tomatoes makes their  Read More
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Are pale fruits and veggies less nutritious?

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Fruits and vegetables, regardless of color, offer numerous benefits. Onions are fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, and very low in sodium. They are also high in vitamin C and a good source of  Read More

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