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NIGHT TIME EVAPORATION MUST BE STUDIED TO BETTER UNDERSTAND "FRUIT SET" IN MANGOES AMONG OTHER CROPS...

Crop scientists now fret about heat not just water









By Christine Stebbins

CHICAGO | Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:19pm EDT



(Reuters) - Crop scientists in the United States, the world's largest food exporter, are pondering an odd question: could the danger of global warming really be the heat?


For years, as scientists have assembled data on climate change and pointed with concern at melting glaciers and other visible changes in the life-giving water cycle, the impact on seasonal rains and irrigation has worried crop watchers most.

What would breadbaskets like the Midwest, the Central Asian steppes, the north China Plain or Argentine and Brazilian crop lands be like without normal rains or water tables?

Those were seen as longer-term issues of climate change.

But scientists now wonder if a more immediate issue is an unusual rise in day-time and, especially, night-time summer temperatures being seen in crop belts around the world.

Interviews with crop researchers at American universities paint the same…

EVER HAD A MANGO BURGER ??? ...ALL THE RAGE IN JAPAN & ASIA...

08/10/2008


Burger Mania



As the hamburgers are getting the spotlight these days, there are hamburger restaurant owners who want the foreigners to try their hamburgers. Mr. Moriguchi, a young, budding hamburger chef is one of them. His hamburger restaurant, Burger Mania, is located in Shirokane, a popular place for foreigners to live in Tokyo. 
Interestingly, even though there are many foreign people living in Shirokane, there were no hamburger restaurants in that area. So, Mr. Moriguchi made up his mind to open a hamburger restaurant in April 2008. Although it is a bit walk from the nearest subway station, Shirokane-Takanawa, the place is always packed with people, with some speaking English.

Before launching Burger Mania, Mr. Moriguchi trained at Firehouse (Hongo) and *ease (Jingumae), both known for serving excellent hamburgers. Along with Mr. Moriguchi's passion for hamburgers, Burger Mania uses the finest meat and buns to complete its high-quality hamburgers. The patty meat is 100%…

AUSTRALIA'S FAVORITE CAKES WITH A MANGO "TWIST" ON THE MENU...

Mango framingtons




Photography by Mark O'Meara




This recipe is a blend of two of Australia's favourite cakes - friands and lamingtons - with the summery taste of mango.
Makes


12

Ingredients

2/3 cup (60g) desiccated coconut
1 cup (70g) almond meal
1 cup (150g) plain flour
2 cups (300g) icing sugar
1 tsp baking powder
8 eggwhites
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
250g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
2 cups (140g) shredded coconut
2 mangoes
85g pkt mango jelly crystals
200ml thickened cream, lightly whipped


Method



Preheat oven to 180°C and grease 12 holes in a friand pan.


Place the desiccated coconut, almond meal, flour, icing sugar and baking powder in a processor and pulse a few times to combine and remove any lumps.


Place eggwhites in a bowl and whisk very lightly until frothy. Add the dry ingredients, lemon zest and butter, then stir to combine. Divide among the friand holes and bake for 20 minutes or until light golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool slightly, then invert ont…

POP ICON PARTICIPTES IN PAKISTANI TELEVISION SERIES "MANGOES" TO FOCUS ON MODERN YOUTH...

Keh Dena: Set your soul free

By Rafay Mahmood
Published: October 23, 2011


Pakistani pop icon Alamgir has revamped his single “Keh Dena” with Canadian singer Kristie Yung. PHOTO: PUBLICITY
KARACHI:




Although Alamgir is ailing and gathering funds for his kidney transplant, the musician in him is very much alive and kicking. Popularly known as the “Elvis of the East”, Alamgir recently released a fresh version of his timeless track “Keh Dena”, as part of an upcoming Pakistani TV series called “Mangoes”.



“Mangoes” is an invigorating tale of South Asian youth which depicts them as intrepid individuals who are eager and ready to take on the title of ‘a global citizen’, reports Statestimes.net. The song also features Kristie Yung, a Canadian singer who has collaborated with Alamgir and sung the Urdu lyrics perfectly. 
Alamgir, Kristie Yung and the Suhurwardy brothers, the producers of “Mangoes”, share their experience in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune.



“Kristie Yung surprised me,” s…

AUSTRALIAN MANGO INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (AMIA) GIVING AWAY VACATION PACKAGES TO CELEBRATE MANGO SEASON...

Win a Phillip Island weekend away

24 OCT 11 @ 07:00AM 
BY BRYAN ALLCHIN



Win a family weekend getaway to the Silverwater Resort at Phillip Island.




WARMER weather is here and beckoning families out of the city.

It is also mango season, and to celebrate, Leader is giving readers the chance to win one of two fantastic family summer holidays at the Silverwater Resort at Phillip Island thanks to Australian Mangoes.



Each prize pack includes:
Two nights’ accommodation in a three-bedroom apartment at the 4.5 star Silverwater Resort in San Remo for two adults and two children

Daily buffet breakfast for four

Family three park pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks for two adults and two children

Family pass to Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm for two adults and two children




Winners must reserve their travel at least 30 days in advance with Silverwater Resort, and excludes high season dates as specified by the resort.

Each prize is valued at $1200.

The competition is open until 5pm, Wednesday November 2. 
Winners…

A "CALL TO ARMS" FOR THE YOUTH OF AFRICA TO SAVE AGRICULTURE AT INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ILO) 12TH AFRICAN REGIONAL MEETING...

Youth can boost farm economy
By CLAUDINE RENAUD


The younger generation can be coaxed into taking on farm jobs, long carried out by older folk and women, if African countries come up with mechanisation and modern methods.

YOUNG people could be the key to boosting African agriculture, but they need inducements to stay in the countryside, participants told an International Labour Organisation (ILO) meeting recently.


“The rural world is especially marked by an absence of youths. We need a system to motivate them to stay,” Senegalese union representative Atoumane Diaw told the meeting. adding that “old people and women are not enough for development.”


Fully two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa live and work in rural areas, and “rural employment will remain as an enduring feature of many African economies at least over the next two decades,” according to an ILO working paper.

Unions, governments, employers and experts all agreed at the ILO’s 12th African regional meeting, which ende…

BACKGROUND ON "FRUIT HUNTERS" BEING FILMED IN HAWAII...

A Fruit Tree Grows Roots in East Hampton

Comment | July 8, 2011 | By Courtney MacGinley




The Hamptons International Film Festival helps launch an activist documentary.

By Courtney MacGinley • photograph by doug young

Seated among a crowd of 50 at a private Hamptons Film Festival event, I was given a small red berry to roll around in my mouth for a minute or so—part of a sensory experiment that The Fruit Hunters team conducted during the screening. 

The berry, which is called “miracle fruit,” was soft and fleshy like a grape with a semi-tough skin and a bally seed. After letting the berry dissolve in my mouth, I was given a piece of lemon to bite into. “This berry will trick you into tasting something sweet,” I was told as I bit into a wedge of lemon, semi-hesitantly. But as I was ready to pucker, a pleasantly surprising sweetness overwhelmed my mouth. According to this team of fruit enthusiasts, the miracle fruit has been banned from global distribution as an alternative to sugar. These fol…

ACTOR BILL PULLMAN FILMING "THE FRUIT HUNTER" IN HAWAII WITH HELP FROM KEN LOVE & HAWAII TROPICAL FRUIT GROWERS...

A MOVIE IS BEING FILMED ABOUT THE EXOTIC FRUIT CULTURE STARRING HOLLYWOOD ACTOR BILL PULLMAN .
KEN LOVE OF THE HAWAII TROPICAL FRUIT GROWERS IS CONSULTING.
HERE ARE SOME RECENT IMAGES COURTESY OF THE HAWAII TROPICAL FRUIT GROWERS.















UNCERTAIN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PUTTING DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON COMMODITY PRICING...

October 23, 2011 2:35 pm

FAO cautious on drop in food prices

By Louise Lucas in London and Alan Rappeport in New York





For food and drink companies more accustomed to battling input inflation, the 5.3 per cent drop in food prices – as measured by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s index – from February’s peak is a double-edged sword.

The dip is seen by many, including the FAO, as a blip.

Moreover, manufacturers buy input commodities on long-term contracts or hedge their exposure – meaning the impact of lower prices can take six months or longer to drop through to bottom lines.


These factors, however, are dwarfed by the pressure that manufacturers face on the other side: cash-strapped consumers.


Thus what appears to be a welcome respite is more likely to be snatched away by retailers eager to keep shoppers onside, analysts say.


“Soft commodities have clearly come back a bit and that’s generally good news for the industry,” says Jamie Isenwater, analyst at Deutsche Bank.

“However, it does…

A VISIT TO PHILIPPINES HOME OF SWEETEST MANGOES...GUIMARAS ISLAND...

Prinsesa's Anatomy


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Guimaras Island: Where To Go And Some Travel Tips






Earlier this month I visited Guimaras as a side trip to our Iloilo City escapade. Well… it was not really an escapade but a reunion: to visit Don Domeng’s relatives for the first time since forever (fill you in soon). But since the island of Guimaras is only a 15 minute pump boat ride from a wharf in Iloilo, how can I say no? Plus thinking about the promise of endless mangoes just give me goosebumps!

First, a warning: Guimaras Island can only be reached by a boat (Php 14 per person). During this trip, I learned a very important aspect about myself: I HATE TRAVELING BY WATER! I know it is only a few minutes but my stomach clearly did not!


Some travel tips:

1. Before de-boating in the Guimaras wharf, check your pockets. Bringing mangoes in is forbidden!

2. There are tourism people in the wharf. Ask them where to go and how to go about it if you are clueless (just…

CREATIVE AUSTRALIAN COOK WHIPS UP MANGO BUTTER ...

When life gives you mangoes… make mango butter (in the microwave)!

OCTOBER 21, 2011 



Mango butter

I subscribe to just about every daily deal email list you possibly can. While it does drive me nuts getting an email about every 5 minutes, I have come across some brilliant deals. My most recent purchase was $15 for a $30 fruit box from Oz Fruit

They deliver market-fresh fruits straight to your door. While I prefer to get my fruit from the Sunday markets, I thought I’d give them a try and I was pleasantly surprised.



Oz Fruit delivery

I eagerly placed my order last Friday afternoon. The ordering process was reasonably easy, just tick a box and enter your details. The only thing I didn’t like was there was no way to specify when you’d like it delivered or to find out when it’s being delivered. I had to email them. I also discovered that the default setting when you sign up is for weekly delivery so I had to manually go in and change that. They had my credit card details as I had to pay $5 for…

PAKISTAN MANGO INDUSTRY MAKES IMPORTANT MOVE INTO PRODUCT DIVERSIFICATION WITH JUICE FACILITY IN MULTAN...

City to have mango, citrus processing centre




Multan—Chairman of the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Dr Shoukat Parvez has said that in line with the special directive of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, a Mango and Citrus Processing Research Centre, and a Technical Training Centre of international standard would be established in the city.

Talking about the two projects at Multan Aiwan-e-Tijarat, he said that the Mango and Citrus Processing Centre would be completed at a cost of Rs 786.30 million. He said that machinery of Rs 295 million would be installed in the centre. He also added that storage of mango, de-hydration, preservation, handling, packing, polishing and slicing will also be provided in the centre.

Dr Shaukat further disclosed that the second project is to establish technical training centre of international in Multan which would be completed at a cost of Rs 480.485 million. He said that Rs 355.25 million would be spent to purchase machin…

PAKISTANI EXCHANGE JOURNALIST WRITES PIECE ON IMPORTANCE OF MANGOES FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NEWSPAPER...

Mangoes vital part of culture in eastern Pakistan




2:18 PM, Oct. 22, 2011 


Written by
Ahsan Raza
Special to The News-Press



Mango is most commonly a backyard tree in Southwest Florida, but it gets a royal treatment in Punjab, Pakistan's eastern province, where I come from.


There, it rules vast tracts of farmland, markets, kitchens, family get-togethers, dining tables and parties. It contributes a lot to the local economy. No social gathering in the summer is complete without mangoes.

Mango - an excellent source of vitamins A, B and C and rich with sugar, proteins, iron and fiber - is a delicious fruit grown in the slightly hot and humid part of south Punjab. Mango trees bloom in February and March, which begins a stressful time for farmers, as the trees need biweekly irrigation and monthly fertilizers. In July and August, they are ready to be hand- picked (four times a month from one tree) before being processed and eaten.


If mangoes are allowed to ripen on the tree, it shortens their shelf…