Category: Work & Life

Long Squash: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida

Long squash vines on trellis.

Long squash is an annual, vigorous, and herbaceous crop that was brought to the Americas by Paleoindian populations from Asia before the arrival of Columbus. This 4-page fact sheet provides an overview of this plant as well as… Read More

Bitter Melon: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida

Bitter melon’s female flower.

Bitter melon is a tropical and subtropical vegetable crop with long climbing vines which is widely cultivated in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The unripe fruit is used as a vegetable with a pleasantly bitter taste. This 7-page… Read More

Contaminants in the Urban Environment: Microplastics

Plastic, plastic everywhere! We live in a world where we are surrounded by plastic: from packaging materials and cutlery to plastic appliances and medical devices. Since the mid-twentieth century, plastic has been a boon to humanity and an… Read More

The Economic Impact of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Beef cattle feeding facilities at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna, Florida. Building, structures, stockades, feeding, cattle, beef production.

A well-run, profitable business is usually more efficient than its competitors. In the case of the beef cattle industry, competition can come from two sources: other producers who sell similar classes of cattle, and other protein-producing species, such… Read More

Long Bean: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida

Long bean plants bearing pods in Hastings.

Food diversity, nutritional food supply, and profitability are the priorities of agricultural and horticultural industries. To diversify vegetable products and increase the Florida vegetable industry's competitiveness, a number of new vegetable crops are rapidly emerging in the state…. Read More

Healthy Eating: Drink to Your Health

Strawberries, kiwi fruit, wheat grass, a banana, and a strawberry flavored milk shake. Fragaria, fruits, foods, red, sweets, healthy eating

Shakes and smoothies are a great and delicious way to incorporate more fruits and nutrients into your diet. This 2-page fact sheet is a major revision which provides a variety of refreshing and exciting smoothie and shake recipes… Read More

Sous Vide Cookery: Foodservice Application for Larger, Less Tender Cuts

Raw pork being butchered at the University of Florida's meat lab.

Meat with an abundance of connective tissue presents a certain challenge to cooks who want to make it more tender while still properly eliminating pathogens that cause foodborne illness. Sous vide cookery provides precise temperature control and tenderness… Read More

Avian Diseases Transmissible to Humans

Chickens feeding in their coop. Photos from the Smathers Archives.

Anyone who keeps birds, whether as pets or as production animals, should be aware that certain avian diseases can be transmitted to humans. The seriousness of the disease in humans varies with human hosts’ age, overall health, and… Read More

Consejos para pleanear contra desastres para gente mayor

FY1462 is the Spanish language version of FY620, Disaster Planning Tips for Older Adults. This 4-page publication offers an abundance of information pertaining to water storage and use, food, first aid, important papers, electronics, medical needs, stress reduction,… Read More

Preventing Foodborne Illness: Bacillus cereus

Bacillus cereus bacteria

Ingesting foods contaminated with Bacillus cereus bacteria can lead to nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.  Though B. cereus is commonly found in many types of fresh and processed foods, proper cooking, handling, and storage can minimize the risk of contamination…. Read More