Fruit

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Preserving Old Time Southern Apples

Not many of Lee Calhoun's trees produce apples anymore, but he still has a productive crab apple tree.
Laura Candler

Lee Calhoun spent the last 35 years searching for heirloom apples in the south. Laura Candler reports.

In the supermarket today, you can find about a dozen kinds of apples. But years ago, there were hundreds and hundreds of varieties grown all over the South. North Carolina native Lee Calhoun once had 3,000 apple trees growing in his backyard in Pittsboro. I visited him there recently and he showed what was left.

“This is a remnant of an old orchard I used to have,” he said. “Most of them are gone now. This is an Orange Cauley, a little bit different from a regular Cauley, and this is a Green River --that’s a Kentucky apple.”

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Science & Technology
4:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

NC State Uses Herbs And Spices To Clean Produce

N.C. State and University of Tennessee researchers are extracting oils from herbs and spices to use as a disinfectant for produce.
Credit NC Strawberry Association

Researchers at N.C. State say oils extracted from herbs and spices could act as a natural disinfectant for fruits and vegetables. 

A joint project with the University of Tennessee aims to find an alternative to chlorine used on produce grown for mass consumption. Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie is a horticultural science professor at N.C. State's research campus in Kannapolis.  She says pungent spices tend to be best at fighting harmful germs.

"They have a very distinct odor, like cinnamon, for instance," Perkins-Veazie says.

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Environment
10:39 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Apple Crop Worst in Decades

North Carolina's top apple-producing county is experiencing its worst crop in decades. That's according to growers and agriculture officials who say this year's unusual weather has devastated many of Henderson County's orchards.

Adam Pryor is a farmer and President of the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association. He says the crop was hit hard in April by an overnight frost, after unusually warm weather had caused the trees to start blooming.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Strawberry Season Looking Good So Far

Credit NC Strawberry Association

The North Carolina Strawberry Association is optimistic about the upcoming season for growers. The weather has been ideal lately and growers are hoping there won’t be extreme temperatures in the coming months.

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