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Things Are Looking Bad for Bananas — Food News

Every couple of years, studies and rumors surface that we're facing the extinction of bananas. While we haven't seen the popular fruit die out yet, things are looking kind of dire.

The journal PLOS Pathogens has published a study that predicts bananas will be wiped out by a fungus called Panama disease.

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6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Rice — Grower Tour

Who: Hoàng Thị Thẩm and Nguyễn Đình Đạt
What: Rice
Where: Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam

Rice doesn't have the most exciting of reputations. It's often thought of as filler, a background food to hold up dishes with more flavor — but rice has a few secrets you might not know.

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How One Farmer Meets the Demands of Growing Rice in Vietnam — Grower Tour

Who: Hoàng Thị Thẩm and Nguyễn Đình Đạt
What: Rice
Where: Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam

Growing rice might sound like an easy, straightforward process, but a lot of thought and work goes into taking care of the soil, irrigating the fields, and getting the most out of a rice crop.

Dat shares some of the challenges he works against every season and every day in the field.

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How Rice Is Grown in Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam — Grower Tour

Who: Hoàng Thị Thẩm and Nguyễn Đình Đạt
What: Rice
Where: Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam

Rice is enormously important in Vietnam. Each day, Vietnam's population receives three-quarters of its calories from rice. At least lunch and dinner are cooked with rice as the foundation, and breakfast may be rice-based too. It's made into noodles, boiled for hours to celebrate the lunar new year, and even made into pancakes.

I visited Dat and his wife, Tham, to learn how a small-scale Vietnamese farmer grows rice in Bac Ninh Province, the countryside northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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How To Peel a Peach Without a Knife — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Who: Lane Southern Orchards
What: Georgia Peaches
Where: Fort Valley, GA

When you get ahold of nice ripe peaches, it can be tempting to just take a big bite and eat them straight-up. But if you’re using them for a pie, ice cream, or in other recipes, it’s best to remove their skins.

If you’ve ever tried to peel a bunch of peaches with a knife, you know it can be a challenge, often resulting in waste when too much of the peach’s meat comes away with the peel. Wendy Barton, Marketing and PR Director at Lane Southern Orchards in Georgia, shared a quick and easy way to “undress” peaches.

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How To Easily Peel Peaches Without a Knife — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Who: Lane Southern Orchards
What: Georgia Peaches
Where: Fort Valley, GA

When you get ahold of nice ripe peaches, it can be tempting to just take a big bite and eat them straight-up. But if you’re using them for a pie, ice cream, or in other recipes, it’s best to remove their skins.

If you’ve ever tried to peel a bunch of peaches with a knife, you know it can be a challenge, often resulting in waste when too much of the peach’s meat comes away with the peel. Wendy Barton, Marketing and PR Director at Lane Southern Orchards in Georgia, shared a quick and easy way to “undress” peaches.

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