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Fall is time for digging potatoes, plucking pumpkins from vines, and putting TIDBITS® CHOWS DOWNblankets ON back on the beds for cold weather. Let’s INTERESTING EDIBLES consider some by Tidbits about pumpkins and Sarah Bates potatoes. Food nourishes your body just like Tidbits • If you live in a northern latitude or a nourishes your brain! Get a double helping with high elevation, you probably picked the these bits and bites that you might not have last tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and known about the things we eat and drink! other frost sensitive crops weeks ago, but • Did you know there are over 300 different pumpkins and potatoes keep growers busy varieties of honey in North America alone? through the fall season. Honey, a natural energy restorer, was not only • Be by aware, “There comes whenfound it used ancient cultures butaittime has been cannot be put off any longer. The radio in ancient Egyptian tombs. There have also warns of a killingoffrost coming night, been discoveries 4,500 year in oldtheEgyptians and you must say good-bye to the garden. carvings which are some of the earliest You dreadofit,bee as you dread saying good-bye depictions keeping. to any good friend; but the garden waits • Do you know what a pluot is? It’s a complex hybrid with its last gifts, and you must go with between a plum and an apricot. It’s traits tend to a bushel basket or big buckets to receive be more plum-like, with a smooth skin. They are them.” Quote from Rachel Peden whose very sweet and intense in flavor and very juicy. column, “The Hoosier Farm Wife Says…” They are not to be confused with an aprium, which was a popular feature in the Indianapolis is also a plum/apricot hybrid that is 1/4th plum Star for many years. and 3/4th apricot. Another plum/apricot hybrid • Pumpkins areWhat’s thoughta plum+apricot+peach? to originate from is the plumcot. Central America. They are That one’s called a Peacotum. now grown on every continent except Antarctica. • The island nation of Grenada in the Caribbean • If you collectforyour in a basket… was named thepumpkins pomegranate. So was you better be growing the small “pie” grenadine syrup and the grenade. All come pumpkins or a “mini” variety. Most from the Latin root word punica granatum, pumpkins big and heavy and used as fall which meansare pomegranate. or Halloween decorations. turn the page for more! turn the page for more!

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PUMPKINS & POTATOES (continued): • Morton, Illinois is the self-proclaimed “Pumpkin Capital of the World.” The Libby Company’s pumpkin plant is located there. • Would you like an “original” pumpkin pie? It was made by early colonists by filling a hollowed out pumpkin shell with milk, honey and spices and baked in hot ashes. Yummm! • Pumpkins are in the Cucurbita plant family as are squash. The Greek work for pumpkin, “pepon” means large melon. Cucumbers are in this family as well. • Using pumpkins as lanterns (Jack-o-lanterns) was started by Irish immigrants based on an ancient Celtic custom. All Hallows Eve was the end of the old Celtic calendar year and the Irish would hollow out turnips, rutabagas and beets and put candles inside. They sat the veggie creations on windowsills to ward off evil. • Once upon a time…pumpkins were recommended for removing freckles and treating snake bites. • Do you remember the pumpkin carriage used by Cinderella to hurry home from the ball? Your children or grandchildren certainly do! But… just like the “frog-into-a-prince-kiss” it only works in a make-believe world. • People in North America love pumpkin pie. The highest consumption is during the U.S. and Canadian Thanksgiving holidays. The U.S. holiday is the fourth Thursday in November but the Canadian holiday is the second Monday in October. • The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds (916 kg). The feat, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, was accomplished on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers of New Bremen, Ohio.

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• Potatoes are thought to originate from the Andes of South America. Some really cool looking potatoes of different shapes, sizes and colors still grow there today – many at elevations around 13,000 feet. • Think about this…“It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.” Irish Proverb Do you ever wonder about the origin of these sayings? Can you see the romantic couple buttering their halved potato in the candlelight?! • Are you an average American? If so, you probably eat around 126 pounds (57 kg) of potatoes each year. Approximately one-third of U.S. potatoes are grown in Idaho. Canadians like potatoes too… the rate of consumption is even higher at 157 pounds (71 kg) per person. This is about the same as the combined total for all other fresh vegetables consumed in Canada. • Idaho® Potatoes and the “Grown in Idaho®” seal are federally registered certification marks for the Idaho Potato Commission. • Luther Burbank, born in Massachusetts in 1849, is known for the development of the Burbank potato. He sold the rights to his potato for $150 and moved to California where he bought a 15 acre (6 hectares) farm on Gold Ridge in Sebastopol in 1885. Today, his farm is listed on the National Historic Register and is open year round for tours. His home in nearby Santa Rosa, CA is now a city park.

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PUMPKINS & POTATOES (continued): • The potato Idaho is famous for is a little different from the original Burbank. It is a Russet Burbank that has a “netted gem” exterior…a slightly rough skin. • 2008 was designated the “International Year of the Potato” by the United Nations. Since the 1990s production in Asia, Africa, and Latin America has greatly increased. This is great considering the huge populations in these areas. Potatoes are improving the food supply. • China is now the number one producer of potatoes but with a smaller yield per acre (hectare) than North America. • Have you ever been asked if you would like gravy with your fries? Yep, you may be asked that in Canada and some places in the U.S. as well. If the dish includes cheese curds, it is routine. This dish originated in Quebec in the 1950s. • “Potatoes served at breakfast, At dinner served again; Potatoes served at supper, Forever and Amen!” …Pennsylvania Prayer • We’ve all heard of “Irish potatoes,” right? The white potato that was the staple food in Ireland was not discovered there but the name became common after a terrible potato blight that began in 1845. This was a sad time in Irish history that caused loss of the crop, starvation, and mass emigration. • The potato has been called the “earth apple.” Have you done the experiment of tasting potato and apple with a blindfold on and your nose stopped up? It’s hard to tell the difference. • Now is the time to start using the vegetables frozen or canned for winter and dream of pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes!

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When you think of Ireland, does your mind see shamrocks, Irish potatoes, and green rolling hills? Ireland is a beautiful island that has had a troubling past but the future looks bright. • The island of Ireland is occupied by the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. There have been numerous conflicts through history but now there is peace. Since Tidbits likes to dwell on fun and good news… we’ll let you read about the conflicts elsewhere! • The tricolor flag of Ireland was created in 1848. The orange stands for Irish Protestants, green for Irish Catholics and white stripes for the hope of peace between the two groups. • The shamrock is not the national symbol of Ireland – even though it may be the most recognizable icon. The Celtic Harp is the national symbol. • Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland, where 40% of the nation’s population lives. (Approximately 1 million.) • Phoenix Park, in Dublin, was originally a “deer park” in 1662. It is the largest public park in any European capital city at 1752 acres (707 hectares). Within the park is the Dublin City Zoo which welcomed 20,000 visitors on an “open” day held to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Coronation in 1838. This one day attendance record still stands. (Queen Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland – the countries had merged in 1801 - but that later changed.) • If your family name starts with “O’” or “Mac” you probably have an Irish heritage. Mac means “son of…” and O means “the grandson of…” in Gaelic. • Belfast is the second largest city on the island of Ireland and the largest in Northern Ireland with approximately 300,000 people. • Belfast is currently preparing for a large anniversary celebration in 2012…it will be the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Titanic…which you probably know didn’t end well. The Titanic was built by Harland and Wolff Shipyards in Belfast. The locals are proud to celebrate the ship…they say “she was fine when she left here!” • Over 20,000 people per year hike the “Wicklow Way” which was established as a public hiking route in 1980. The 79 mile (167 km) trail starts in the southern Dublin suburb of Rathfarnham, and goes through an area of mountains, upland lakes, glacial valleys, mountain streams, forests and farmland, in a southsouthwesterly direction to Clonegal. • Muckanaghederdauhaulia, in County Galway boasts the longest place name in Ireland. Its translation means “pig-marsh between two seas.” • Like to play golf? Carne Golf Links was built between 1987 and 1993 mostly by hand. Farmers used spades and rakes across the rolling hills – perfect for golf. • Killyleagh Castle is the oldest occupied castle in Ireland. In County Down in Northern Ireland it is a private home that has been handed down to the Hamilton family for over 400 years. The turrets added in the 1850s are available for weekend or weekly rentals. Spiral staircases included! • The population of Ireland in 1800 was almost twice as large as the United States. In 2000, the population of the U.S. was more than sixty times that of Ireland.

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The Senior Guide to Computers (www. walks you through all the steps you’ll need to get comfortable with a computer. Most helpful is the Accessibility section. You’ll learn about working around a color vision deficiency, using voice recognition software and setting up your monitor. Easy-to-understand instructions include using the Internet, backing up your data and -- most important -Internet security. The site covers e-mail, hardware and more. What I especially like is that every time there’s an unfamiliar term, you can put the cursor over it and an explanation box pops up. If you’re feeling brave, you can view the walk-through and add more memory to your computer. If you’d rather just have a computer that is simple to use, perhaps the GO Computer is for you (www. The GO was designed for us. In fact, you might have already seen it in senior centers, with its oversize keyboard and special vision features.

If you get lost or are unsure of a next step, you press the GO button for instant help, or you can call them. E-mail is simple, and so is looking around the Internet. I’m told that it only takes about five minutes to set up. One concern is that there is a $20 monthly fee for the service. Then again, if you become proficient, maybe you won’t need that help. And you’ll need an Internet provider, which is an additional expense. As always, check out the details before you buy.

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• Persimmon • Rasberry/ Blackberry • Star Fruit • Tangerine • Other Varities Available

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LaRoche Used Furniture

LaRoche Fruit & Edible Nursery 740 S. Yonge Street (US 1) • Ormond Beach

GobblinG Good ThanksGivinG GifTs… Just $34.95

Full Service Jeweler 14K, 18K, 19K Platinum & Silver • Designing • resetting 30 Years experience • watch batteries and repairs Grandfather clocks Sales and Service • Authorized Howard Miller Service center State of the Art engraving • All repairs Done on Premises

(386) 447-7640

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17 Old Kings rd. N. • Palm coast, Fl

Beads will fit all other popular brand name bracelets & necklaces.

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