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May 17, 2013 | By David Karp
Among the most intriguing May peaches are three patented by Alan and Lori Asdoorian of Kingsburg, whose century-old Island Farms lies between two branches of the Kings River, southeast of Fresno. Because of the short period from bloom to harvest, May peaches naturally tend to be small, with only moderately sweet, clingstone flesh and a susceptibility to split pits. But early-season varieties can be lucrative for breeders and farmers, who have striven to find improved selections.
May 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
On Monday night a documentary called "The Fruit Hunters" premiered at the Laemmle Monica 4. The fascinating (and taste-tempting) film was directed by Yung Chang and features actor Bill Pullman, who has been cultivating a vertical orchard at his home in the Hollywood Hills for nearly 20 years. Also featured is a colorful cast of fruit lovers from around the world, including picturesque places like Italy, Borneo and Hawaii. The protagonists are growers, horticulturists and enthusiasts and they are beyond obsessed with every single aspect of rare fruit.
May 14, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
It's hard to find someone who doesn't appreciate the cute factor of mouse melons. Also known as Mexican gherkins, the fruit of  Melothria scabra looks like watermelons shrunk for a dollhouse tea party. Each is the size of a grape, speckled white with green striations. Raw, the mouse melons have the taste and crunch of a fresh cucumber but with a burst of bright sour lemon from the skin. They are conversation pieces when used in salads, stir-fries, desserts or martinis. And they make wonderful bread-and-butter pickles.
May 11, 2013
  1 hour. Serves 6 2 1/2 cups water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups bulgur, medium-coarse (No. 3) or medium (No. 2) (about 8.25 ounces) 3 to 4 cups whole milk, more if needed 1/3 to ½ cup walnuts, divided 1/4 cup toasted almonds, divided 6 dried apricots, divided 1 small orange 6 tablespoons sugar, or to taste 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup cooked or canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (optional) 1/2 cup cooked or canned white beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
May 3, 2013 | By David Karp
In some ways farmers markets are a natural fit at universities, where many students crave healthful, local and organic produce. However, schools are largely closed during summer, the busiest season for markets, and the managers - if students run the market - move on regularly, when they graduate. Such are the challenges at the recently established UCLA market, which is small and operates just twice each academic quarter but is a hit with students and staff. It's sponsored by Associated Students UCLA , a student-controlled nonprofit, and managed by volunteers from E3 , a student environmental organization.
April 30, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
The giant yucca certainly lives up to its name: Yucca gigantea rises 30 feet high in ideal conditions, with white blossoms that push out from the center -- flor de izote , as the bloom is sometimes called, the national flower of El Salvador. Many species of yucca produce edible flowers, but the giant yucca also is prized for its ornamental qualities. As the plant gets older, the base of the grayish trunk swells, taking on the primeval look of an elephant's foot. The stalk that produces flowers will die back, but the plant will continue to send up new pups and side spears that will flower.
April 19, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
WEST, Texas - Most every small town in America has a local eatery that embodies its heart and soul - not to mention its stomach - a place where workers know the first names and the orders of customers by heart. In this tiny community of 2,800, devastated by an explosion at a fertilizer factory that left scores injured and a yet-untold number dead, the Czech Stop is the place where locals and passers-through stop for the meat and fruit kolaches, (pronounced koh-law-chee,) a taste of the town's Central European roots.
April 12, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
When: 7:30. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: None; Radio: 690. Records: Chivas USA 3-1-1, Rapids 1-3-2. Record vs Rapids (2012): 0-2-1. Update: After overhauling its roster and naming a new coach in the off-season, Chivas USA was expected to struggle early this season. But through five games, the team has been surprisingly strong and sits second in the West behind FC Dallas. Chivas USA's record includes a tie with the Galaxy, winner of the last two Major League Soccer titles, on March 17. The Rapids are off to a poor start but are coming off their first win of the season, 1-0 over Real Salt Lake.
April 2, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Publix Super Markets has recalled its Publix Deli Tri Fruit and Grain Salad since it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Publix received notification of the potential contamination from their supplier, Allison's Gourmet Kitchens. Publix Deli Tri Fruit and Grain Salad, UPC # 41415-39662, was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Product was sold in pre-packaged 12-ounce containers, and this recall involves all product sold from December 2012 through March 26, 2013.
March 30, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
2012 Reichsrat von Buhl Pinot Noir Rosé On the East Coast, it's still snow and slush. But here, spring has sprung right on time. Cherry and plum trees are covered in blooms. Time for rosé. And here's a terrific one from Germany to usher in the season. Von Buhl winery in Pfalz produces this lovely Pinot Noir rosé. Pale salmon pink, it is crisp and dry, with soft, beautiful fruit and a silken texture. Have a glass before dinner, or with a light first course of marinated vegetables, a salad, or poached salmon.
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