September 2, 2010 |
Consumers who buy organic fruits and vegetables because they think they're tastier, more nutritious and better for the environment are getting at least some of what they're paying for, according to a study published online Wednesday. The finding is based on a detailed comparison of organic and conventional strawberries from 13 pairs of neighboring farms in Watsonville, Calif., where 40% of the state's strawberry crop is produced. A team of ecologists, food chemists, soil scientists and other experts analyzed a variety of factors before concluding that the organic berries — and the dirt they were raised in — were superior.
July 22, 2010
Strawberry pie Total time : 20 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: Makes 1 (9-inch) pie 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup water, divided 1/2 cup orange juice, from about 1 large orange 1/2 cup rum 1 sprig mint 3 tablespoons cornstarch 8 cups strawberries, about 2 1/2 pounds, hulled 1 baked 9-inch single pie crust 1. In a medium, nonreactive saucepan, stir together the...
July 11, 2010 |
We pay lip service to old Hollywood, to the storied age of the movie studios, but do we really know what happened on those fabled lots? Do we understand that world that is no more? A fascinating new series put together by the UCLA Film & Television Archive offers a window into that reality and a whole lot more. "Rarities From the Warner Archive Collection," a 19-film program starting Friday at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, is of great interest on a number of levels.
June 28, 2010 |
California strawberry farmers may soon have a new pesticide to use on their fields. The state's Department of Pesticide Regulation is recommending approving use of the soil fumigant methyl iodide. However, scientists say that methyl iodide is very toxic and can cause cancer, brain damage and miscarriages. An independent panel of scientists, invited to review the health FOR THE RECORD: Pesticide: An article in Monday's Health section on the debate over a pesticide that may be approved for use on strawberry crops said that molecular biologist Edward Loechler works at Brandeis University.
May 27, 2010
Boysenberry-strawberry glazed pie Total time: 30 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: 6 Note: Adapted from Patricia Poole of Kincaid Farms in Redlands. She says, "The idea of using strawberries is that they are less expensive than boysenberries. Try not to eat the whole pie if anyone is watching." 1 pint boysenberries, divided, more as desired for assembly 1 cup water 1/3 to 3/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch Pinch of salt 1 pint strawberries (sliced if they're large)
May 13, 2010
The California Strawberry Festival, an annual celebration on California's "Strawberry Coast," will offer music, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and, of course, those wonderfully sweet and colorful berries. More than 8,000 pounds of berries will be covered in whipped cream and poundcake for the "Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake" event or you can meet the delightful Berryfest Princess of Strawberryland. All proceeds go to charity. Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard.
April 16, 2010 |
The mild climate along California's coast enables its strawberry growers to dominate commercial production of this fruit; last year they accounted for some 88% of the nation's crop. For strawberry lovers, that's both a blessing, of abundance and reasonable prices, and a curse, because local growers are focused almost exclusively on varieties suited to industrial production. Compared with other states where local sales predominate, California strawberry breeders prioritize firmness and long shelf life, often at the expense of flavor.
April 10, 2010 |
Strawberries available practically year-round are emblematic of Southern California farmers markets, but figuring out which ones to buy, when and from whom is tricky, and the subject of frequent discussion, even controversy, among market aficionados. Seasonal timing is a primary determinant of fruit quality. If everything goes right, berries grown in November through January can be extraordinarily rich in flavor, perhaps because they mature so slowly; but production and flavor are often washed out by rainstorms.