17 Jan

Safe, Sweet Strawberries

first_img“You can best wash strawberries by placing them in a colander and spraying them withwater,” Harrison said. “The crop usually begins coming in in mid-March and lasts until early June,” Krewersaid. “We’re a little early this year due to the warm weather.” The weather has also made this a banner year for Georgia strawberries. “It comes at a very bad time for us,” Krewer said, “because it gives the wrongimpression. But we have a very good crop this year. And the combination of clean,drinking-quality water used for irrigation, strictly using dry commercial fertilizer andthe plastic shield between the berries and the soil make it an outstanding, clean crop.” No matter where you live in the state, you should be able to find a fresh supply ofGeorgia-grown strawberries. “The Georgia strawberry crop is one of the most sanitary crops I know of,” said GerardKrewer, a University of Georgia Extension Service horticulturist in Tifton. “It’sdrip-irrigated with drinking-quality water, and a layer of plastic separates the berriesfrom the soil, eliminating the risk of soil-borne illness.” “The fertilizer used on strawberries is commercial dry fertilizer, not manure,” saidButch Ferree, an extension horticulturist in Fort Valley. “The first round of fertilizer isusually plowed into the soil in the fall, and more is added to the irrigation system in thespring. Soil low in organic matter produces the best strawberries, so it’s properlytreated before the berries are even planted.” The soil and fertilizer used on the crop also make it safer. “Our crop is scattered all over the state,” Krewer said. “We don’t have exact acreagefigures on the crop, but we do know they are very productive, yielding about 15,000 to20,000 pounds per acre.” “We had some problems around Savannah because the warm weather betweenChristmas and New Year’s forced some of the plants to bloom early,” Ferree said.”But this dry weather has brought us superb quality.”center_img They’re a tasty crop, too, Ferree said. “The variety usually seen in grocery stores is Chandler, and it was practically made forthe Georgia climate,” he said. “If you pick your own, they are more mature and evenfresher.” Take advantage of this limited-time offering of fresh Georgia-grown strawberries.Don’t let the recent scare scare you off. Georgia’s strawberry crop is in. Don’t let the recent food scare keep you from pickingand eating these scrumptious specimens. The prime picking time for Georgia strawberries is now. “Whether it’s industry, pick-your-own or the family garden, poor sanitation can causeproblems,” said Judy Harrison, an extension food safety specialist. “Using clean handsand clean, properly stored containers for the product are important, regardless of thecrop or who is picking it.” Harrison says to remove any badly bruised or moldy strawberries. Place the rest in asingle layer in a clean container covered with wax paper in the refrigerator. Cap andwash thoroughly with drinking water just before using. Despite these precautions, animals passing through a field, or mishandled berries, couldstill cause a health problem. Sanitation care in the kitchen, and at every step in foodhandling, is required.last_img read more

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18 Sep

Pollard, Bravo ensure TKR trump Barbados

first_imgBRUTAL death-hitting from Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard saw the Trinbago Knight Riders post the highest score of Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020, and though Johnson Charles gave the Barbados Tridents a chance, once he fell the spinners took firm control and extended the Knight Riders’ unbeaten start to this year’s tournament.Choosing to bowl, the Tridents started well – the first boundary didn’t come until the third over, and Narine didn’t get off the mark until the fifth. Simmons hit the next ball for a Hero Maximum and then clubbed Jason Holder to mid-on. It took Colin Munro to kickstart the innings, taking 18 off Kyle Mayers, including a glorious flick over mid-on for six, and the Knight Riders ended the Powerplay at 45/1.Ashley Nurse put the pressure back on, but Munro counter-attacked against Rashid Khan, clobbering a sweep into the stands. Narine at the other end should have fallen to Nurse on 6 but was dropped by Shai Hope. The drop was not costly, however, as Reifer dramatically splattered Narine’s stumps to end a stuttering innings.At the drinks break, the Knight Riders were a subdued 63/2. Munro brought up 50 off just 29 balls, then fell to a fantastic Rashid catch to give Nurse a deserved wicket off the last ball of his spell. But that was as good as it got for the Tridents with the ball.Rashid lost his line to the left-handed Bravo, going for 12 including a set of five wides. Hayden Walsh Jr started with two full tosses, and while Pollard was almost bowled by the first one, he dismissed the second for a Hero Maximum. Bravo punished Rashid for going too full with a slog-swept six.Mitchell Santner couldn’t contain Bravo, who clubbed 10 off the first two balls of the over, or Pollard, who hit an extraordinary one-handed Hero Maximum over the sightscreen. Pollard repeated the trick to end a Reifer over that started with Bravo hammering a full toss for six, and, suddenly the Knight Riders were 155/3 off 18.Holder proved expensive in the 19th, with 3 wides punctuating Pollard hammering a Hero Maximum and Bravo essaying a classy lofted drive. In the 20th, Bravo found and then cleared the midwicket fence to take himself to 50, and the Knight Riders to an imposing total. The last four overs went at a bruising 17.25 an over, and the Tridents were left wondering if they’d got their bowling strategies right.The Tridents had to go hard and Johnson Charles did exactly that, targeting Jayden Seales to the tune of 20 runs to start the chase in overdrive. It was a measure of how concerned Pollard was that he went to DJ Bravo in the Powerplay.It was a dramatic over – elder brother Darren dropped Charles off the first ball, ensuring the wait for a 500th T20 wicket for DJ went on, and the Tridents opener rubbed it in with two boundaries. Hope was very much the support act, ending the Powerplay at 9 off 11 to Charles’ 46 off 25. Remarkably, those 46 came entirely between long leg and midwicket.But Narine, Ali Khan and Fawad Ahmed slowed the scoring significantly, and the pressure told as Charles lost his off-stump to Fawad just after reaching his 50. Corey Anderson’s horror start to Hero CPL 2020 continued as he was run out by Seales for 2, and after a promising start, the Tridents were falling away.The elder Bravo pulled off a good low catch to dismiss Mayers off Khary Pierre. Hope picked up a four off Pierre and a massive Hero Maximum off Fawad, but the leg-spinner responded well to limit the damage and send the rate above 12.Though Carter found the fence with a deft reverse scoop off DJ Bravo, it was not enough, with 14.5 an over needed off the last six, he aimed a swipe at Ali Khan and was bowled. The Tridents had lost all momentum, and Hope’s sluggish innings finally ended with a top-edged hoick.Had Rashid been promoted up the order to help out Holder, who struck the ball beautifully, it may have been a closer-run thing. Seales bowled a nervy last over, but by then it was too late, and the Knight Riders had shown their class to go three wins from three.last_img read more

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