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Category: Health & Nutrition

Agriculture and Occupational Health

Spraying crops. Photos from the Smathers Archives.

While scouring the produce aisles at the grocery store, a shopper ponders questions. Are these tomatoes bright enough to make a nice garnish? Are those berries ripe? How do the featured apples taste compared to… Read More

Farmer-Led Cooperatives and Farm to School Procurement

Fresh yellow, red, and orange peppers at the farmers market.

One feature of the Farm to School (F2S) program is the purchase of food from local farms for cafeteria service. Florida's climate and year-round production provide opportunities to expand F2S. These conditions introduce exciting possibilities… Read More

Plant-Based Milks

Two handfuls of almonds

Quick: How many different milks can you name? There’s cow milk, of course, in whole, low-fat, and skim varieties; there’s chocolate and strawberry milk; and many of us are also familiar with soy and almond… Read More

County Kitchen Considerations

Freshly picked tomatoes.

Since the pandemic began, many people have taken up gardening, tested new and exciting recipes, or tried their hand at baking. Perhaps someone you know has considered sharing or selling the fruits of their labor…. Read More

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More