Wild blackberries grow abundantly throughout much of the world, but these cultivated ones have the edge in size, juice and flavor.
“It would be like losing a forest,” said biologist Cascade Sorte, who with her colleagues at the university conducted the study and recently published their findings in the Global Change Biology journal.
“It would not be that expensive, less than $50,000, to put in a commercial kitchen and cannery for a jam factory,” he said. “That would suddenly open up the peach market.”
“Smaller trees are more efficient for labor. They’re also more efficient for space,” said Michael Parker, an extension horticulture specialist and associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University. “Why put up one tree when you can plant six small trees with lots of apple varieties? If you lose one tree, it’s no big deal. You’ll have other trees producing.”
“What we do is we trick it,” said David Rosenberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of AeroFarms. “We get it thinking that, if plants could think: ‘All right, this is a good environment, it’s time to grow now.'”
“Ornamental plants with edible parts are the superheroes of the garden,” says Ellen Zachos, author of “Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat” (Storey Publishing, 2013). “They feed both your body and your soul.”
But I do like strawberries, and what I’ve done to this bed is actually good for the plants. I carry out this renovation, as it is called, every year not long after gathering the last berries for the season.
One source of uncertainty, Hyde said, was that stores like his have to rely on national food companies to apply labels to products with genetically modified ingredients
Globe artichokes have much to contribute to home gardens, from providing thin layers of leathery leaves for delectable dining to serving as flowery backdrops in border settings