Category: Health & Nutrition

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

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

Value-Added Products for Fresh Highbush Blueberries

High-bush blueberries grown in Florida

Blueberries are one of the most popular fruits worldwide. Blueberries’ health benefits have fueled this popularity, and today, blueberries can be found in products ranging from nutritional supplements to pet food.  This 4-page fact sheet covers the the processing… Read More

Preventing Foodborne Illness: Norovirus

Figure 1. Transmission electron micrograph of norovirus particles Credit: CDC/ Charles D. Humphrey

If you have ever had the stomach flu, norovirus was likely the culprit. Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne illness in the United States and is transmitted through direct person-to-person contact or contaminated objects and food…. Read More

Seguridad Alimentaria: Crucigrama de alimentos do alto riesgo

Figure 1. Homemade salad dressing made with raw eggs is NOT safe to eat.

Algunos alimentos pueden causar más enfermedades alimentarias que otros. La leche ó jugos no pasteurizados no son seguros para consumir. Alimentos que no han sido cocinados, como lo son los huevos crudos ó a medio cocinar son particularmente… Read More