Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • Snozberries

    When is a Berry not a Berry? When is a Nut not a Nut?

    Strawberries are not actually berries! A berry is defined as "a fleshy fruit formed from the
    ovary of a single flower with a seed, or seeds, embedded on the inside of the fruit." Since strawberries have their seeds outside the fruit, they technically are not berries. Interesting
    enough, bananas, avocados, pumpkins, tomatoes, watermelons and kiwi actually are berries.

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    Ever wonder where cashews come from? You might think they grow inside a shell like any other nut, but their true origins are far more bizarre.

    First of all, cashews are not actually nuts, but rather fruits from the cashew tree, a large evergreen tree that thrives in tropical climates. The tree produces red flowers, which in turn produce yellow and red oval structures resembling apples. These so-called cashew apples are very juicy and pulpy, and their juice is often added to tropical fruit drinks.

    The cashew apple and fruit.

    However, cashew apples are not actually fruits in a scientific sense; the real fruit of the cashew tree is the kidney-shaped formation growing at the end.

    These fruits, also called drupes, are harvested and become what we know as a cashew nut. In their raw form, the outer layer of the fruit contains multiple toxins including anacardic acid, a powerful skin irritant similar to the toxin found in poison ivy that must be removed prior to eating.

    Roasting the cashews destroys the toxins, but roasting must be performed carefully outdoors because the smoke can irritate the lungs, sometimes to a life-threatening degree. When they are roasted, cashews change from their natural greenish-gray color to the light brown nut sold in stores.

    Next time you crack open a tin of cashews, take a moment to appreciate the long journey those little c-shaped nuts took from the tree to your table!

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  • Help Your Community When the Next Storm Hits

    CERT-gearMany communities remain unprepared, as only 30% of those who live in winter storm hazard areas have participated in a disaster exercise in the past year.

    Even a small amount of snow can impact your community, making it critical to have a plan in place for winter weather. Be there for your neighbors when the next storm hits by finding a local CERT program near you and joining.

    Learn more: CERT in Action - FEMA 101: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programs - CERT – Community Emergency Response Team

    CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

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  • The Shadow Knows... Groundhog sees Shadow!

    Well – the verdict is in – the Groundhog saw his shadow and says we’re going to have a long, cold winter. With all the recent Winter Storms battering the country, we believe it, so we’ve extended our Groundhog Day / Winter Safety Sale for 24 hours! You can still save on Winter Safety & Warmth needs!

    To help you be Winter Ready, we are offering you an additional 10% off all these great Winter Items you need now through Groundhog Day extended through Midnight Tomorrow!. Enter Code “GROUNDHOG” in your shopping cart and take an extra 10% off our already deep-discounted prices on these Winter Essentials.

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