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Category: Fruits & Vegetables

Avocado Selection, Storage and Preparation

Delicious green avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit, not a vegetable.  They contain healthy fatty acids, essential amino acids, and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, plus they are a good source of fiber.  They have more potassium than… Read More

The Arrival of Summertime Nostalgia

Summertime Nostalgia This time of year is exciting- The insatiable aromas of cookouts and BBQs fill the air. Summertime and the flavors of summer are very nostalgic.  If you live on the west side of Gainesville and Alachua… Read More

Watermelon Is More Than Dessert

A family reunion, summer BBQ, picnic or get together jsut isn’t complete without a delicious slice of sweet juicy watermelon. Watermelons come in all shapes, sizes, red and yellow meat colors and some are seedless.  Watermelons are listed… Read More

The Importance of Submitting Plant Samples to Diagnostic Laboratories

Why Submit a Sample? In this age of modern technology and web based diagnostic platforms, it is becoming much easier for producers and other professionals in plant production to find answers to questions about their growing operations.  Although… Read More

Canning Food 101

Food Preservation has played a big role in my growing up, I remember picking vegetable in the garden and helping my parents preserve the produce.  Living in a small rural community my family preserved most of our food… Read More

Creating a directory to sell directly to FL consumers during COVID-19 outbreak

Many of the traditional markets for the distribution of goods to consumers have been disrupted during the COVID-19 outbreak. It would be ideal to have a way to connect the consumers and the producers so we can all… Read More

The Garden Awaits: April Gardening in Alachua County

April is Almost Here Bees are buzzing, flowers blooming, and many plants are awaking from their winter-time slumber. Although many of us are cooped-up and getting a little stir-crazy, the garden awaits. Gardening is one of our most… Read More

Agricultural diagnostic services in Alachua County available during COVID-19 outbreak

Pests and diseases don’t stop during an epidemic, but multiple services typically available for growers have been disrupted. Below, find some of the latest updates on the availability of diagnostic services. Phone numbers for the different labs are… Read More

Proper Food Storage and Food Safety

Store Food Properly to Prevent A Major Food Safety Risk According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the improper storage of food is one of the major food safety risks that is easily preventable.  I… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More