Breeding Ground: a Visit to Luther Burbank’s Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastapol

(Update, 3/6/17: fixed broken links, updated photos) A few weeks ago, I visited Gold Ridge, Luther Burbank’s experimental farm in Sebastopol while touring the wine country and counting the hours until our reservation at Ubuntu in Napa (which unfortunately closed in late 2011). Luther Burbank may not be a household name, but his work touches […]

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More about almonds

The photo above shows the four post-harvest states of an almond. From left to right, the almond with intact hull; the hull peeled back to reveal the shell; after hulling; and finally hulled and shelled nut. Almonds are related to apricots—the botanical name for the almond is Prunus amygdalus; apricot is Prunus armeniaca. If you […]

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Name that food

Here’s a photo quiz: what food do these pictures show? Hint 1: Almost the entire U.S. crop is grown in California. Hint 2: They are currently caught up in controversy at the USDA. If no one puts the right answer in the comments, I’ll have a long post about the mystery food in a few […]

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