banana bread day

Celebrating National Banana Bread Day

Dan This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has a bit of history, and different variations, about a well-known food holiday that may have you going bananas. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Celebrating National Banana Bread Day Every year on February 23rd you can probably smell it in the air. The sweet smells of banana bread wafting through kitchens and bakeries everywhere. That’s because …

tree nut research

Agri View: Tree Nut Research

Dan Agri View

Everett Griner talks about tree nut research improving in today’s Agri View.       A lot has been written and said about that new pecan variety growers are anxiously looking forward to planting. But, don’t think that pecans are the only tree nut to be undergoing genetic improvement. California geneticists are deep into an effort to improve the almond. …

walnuts

A Faster, Less Costly Way to Process Walnuts

Dan Industry News Release

Walnut drying is expensive and energy intensive, according to ARS engineer Zhongli Pan in Albany, California. The current hot-air drying method takes more than 24 hours to dry walnuts and uses a significant amount of natural gas and electricity. Infrared—a form of intense light that’s felt, but not seen—dries walnuts faster and is less expensive. It’s a type of electromagnetic radiation—as are …