Tomato growers can be stubbornly protective — first of young plants, then of delicate vines and eventually of tender ripening fruit. And they measure success as only true tomato lovers do — by the ultimate yardstick of taste.
AMES, Iowa — Rhubarb, classed as a vegetable, is used as a fruit because its high acidity gives it a tart flavor. Iowa State University horticulturists make rhubarb planting recommendations for gardeners planting their first rhubarb patch and those maintaining an established planting.
Sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas, is a very versatile food crop," said Jennifer Fishburn. "Despite its name, it is not related to the Irish potato. The sweet potato is a true root, while an Irish potato is a tuber (an underground stem).
Research-based education on food preservation, preparing, and cooking: canning, freezing, drying, pickling, jams and jellies, safe meals, storage, fruits, vegetables and herbs, tomatoes and salsa, meat and fish, and eggs and dairy.
There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While plant breeders at many public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in...
Potatoes are versatile plants and can be used in many ways when grown in the home garden. There’s a lot to know about how to grow and store them properly, however. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on ways to maximize the potato experience, with help from ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists.
So, how hot is it? No, not the weather. Franklin County Master Gardener Carol Kagan explains the Scoville Scale, which measures levels of heat found in hot peppers, or chilies: Your taste buds are craving salsa and its time to check the peppers...