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Rescooped by Monica S Mcfeeters from Le Marche and Food!

Bianchetti Truffle Hunting Video

Fresh truffles are one of the world’s most highly prized ingredients, but they’re also one of the hardest to find.  Expert foragers search the forests of Europe for these little culinary gems, using their knowledge of the fungus’ preferences to find the most likely spot.

Like other wild produce (wild mushrooms, wild vegetables, etc) truffles grow where Mother Nature dictates.  They actually have a symbiotic relationship with tree roots.  Which trees they prefer can vary with the truffle species, but in general oak, hazelnut & beech glades are a good place to look.

They’re often obscured by debris on the forest floor, so foragers usually employ animals to help uncover them – typically trained pigs or dogs.  Truffles evolved to reproduce by being consumed (their spores are distributed through animal excrement), so when they’re ripe they emit a powerful aroma to attract animals to eat them.

Justin had a chance to forage for bianchetti truffles during a recent trip to Italy, and he brought a camera along so you could see what it’s like. [...]

Via Mariano Pallottini
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

OK just couldn't resist scooping this!

Julie Thompson's curator insight, February 7, 2015 2:43 PM

Do what?!  I want so much to try truffles, and would love to get my shepherds trained to truffle hunt. On my to do list for sure.

Rescooped by Monica S Mcfeeters from Geography Education!

Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia

Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS |
Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil by tapping hidden reserves of water in the Syrian Desert.

Via Seth Dixon
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

I have seen some of the greening of the Saudi desert myself. This is a site to behold.

Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, December 7, 2015 4:27 PM

Saudi Arabia is a very rich in drilling industry for oil. However many of these fields are green are popping up all over the place as drilling is occuring. Why is this? Well much of the drilling releases water that is trapped within the rocks. This water then flows to the surface where it creates a underground water puddle that keeps the soils moist which in turn allows for greens and other plants to grow. This is more commonly known as water drilling.

Anneliese Sjogren's curator insight, December 10, 2015 10:07 PM

This is interesting to me, because the maps show a lot of progress of this water tapping. I never would have thought that water could be more precious a resource there than oil.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 4:08 PM
These random fields of green are coming from the rocks that still have water that is trapped inside them from the last ice age. Saudi Arabia reaches these underground rivers and lakes by drilling through the desert floor, directly irrigating the fields with a circular sprinkler system. This technique is called center-pivot irrigation. Because of low rainfall, they get minimum water each year. Hydrologists estimate water will only be able to be pumped out for 50 years. With water popping up fields of green, a new agricultural economy will appear, maybe farming life and new resources that the country never had for their people, they will now have.
Rescooped by Monica S Mcfeeters from Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities!

How Organic is it? (infographic)

How Organic is it? (infographic) | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS |

Organic, 100% organic, some of this is organic... it's easy to see why we need a deciphering tool. In an effort to make the best food choices for families and the environment, we often choose organic.

What does the organic label really mean? It tells you that organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. It is a promise to you that plant foods are produced without using most conventional pesticides. That your fruit and veggies didn’t come to that lovely size and color with use of fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation...

This infographic is a straightforward explanation of what organic means to livestock and fruit and vegetables.

Via Lauren Moss, Susan Davis Cushing
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Rescooped by Monica S Mcfeeters from Le Marche and Food!

Zeppole di San Giuseppe, St. Joseph's Day Cream Puffs

Zeppole di San Giuseppe, St. Joseph's Day Cream Puffs | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS |

Being a Catholic country, Father’s Day is Italy is celebrated on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph. The feast is associated with a number sweet and savory dishes, but none more so perhaps than the  fancy, sweet version of zeppole usually called, appropriately enough, zeppole di san Giuseppe. Sweet zeppole are made with a cooked dough enriched with butter and eggs, formed into little balls and deep fried and, more often than not, filled with crema pasticcera or pastry cream. 


For a plateful

250ml water100g butterA pinch of salt125g flour (pastry flour or all-purpose)Sugar (at least a spoonful, more to taste)4 eggs (or 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks)Grated lemon zest (or a drop of limoncello) (optional)

For frying: vegetable oil, olive oil and/or lard

Confectioner’s sugar1 cup or more of pastry cream Directions
Via Mariano Pallottini
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Rescooped by Monica S Mcfeeters from green infographics!

Prop 37 may not have passed, but the Non-GMO movement is still winning...

Prop 37 may not have passed, but the Non-GMO movement is still winning... | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS |

We know many are feeling disappointment about the defeat of proposition 37 in California, but there is actually a lot to celebrate.

Prop 37 has exponentially elevated the GMO conversation, not just in California but across the country. Opportunities to protect the future of our food are still powerful and plentiful, so stay positive and stay engaged!

Via Lauren Moss
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Bring Food Education Back |

Bring Food Education Back | | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS |

Jamie and the Food Revolution team want to change the way people eat by educating every child about food, giving families the skills and knowledge to cook again, and motivating people to stand up for their rights to better food...

Via Beth Dichter
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