" This is possibly one of the most important articles that you will read on the IMO & IPO Blogs because it explains what is going on before our very eyes. There is a reason that DOLE recently purchased Mozambique's largest Banana Plantation. This is the end game for mankind's survival. It all comes full circle in Africa."
~ Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO) International PIneapple Organization (IPO)
“If you wrote a letter to God and asked him for the best soil and climate conditions for farming, this is what he’d send you,” says Miguel Bosch, an Argentine agronomist who manages Hoyo Hoyo, a nearly 25,000-acre corporate soybean farm in northern Mozambique.
“It is a paradise for growers. I’ve spent many years farming in Brazil and Argentina and have never seen such soil.”
Using hand tools and draft animals, a family harvests wheat in Ethiopia’s famine-prone highlands. Education has helped small farmers become more efficient, but wheat yi…
PHOTOGRAPH BY LEE COURSEY Tons of nutmeg seeds dry in a processing plant in Gouyave, Grenada.
JULY 17, 2014
by Rebecca Rupp
Nutmeg is such a cozy spice.
We sprinkle it on eggnog, add it to French toast and pumpkin pie, and use it to give extra pizzazz to sweet potatoes, carrots, acorn squash, quiche, and crème brulée.
Medieval drinkers—who spelled it notemygge—put it in their ale.
Nutmeg—and its spice partner, mace—are also key ingredients in haggis, the Scottish pudding made from sheep organs (heart, livers, and lungs) and oatmeal, traditionally boiled in a sheep’s stomach.
Robert Burns fans eat it on the poet’s birthday, washed down with a lot of Scotch whiskey.
The nutmeg tree (Myristica fragrans) is a native of Indonesia, where most of the world’s nutmeg is still grown today. (Runner-up is the Caribbean island of Grenada, which boasts a nutmeg on its red, green, and yellow flag.)
M. fragrans is a dioecious evergreen—that is, it bears male and female flowers on separate trees. Some bota…
Wine Enthusiast Magazine ranks Baja as one of the top 10 destinations for wine
by Jorge Guevara
January 13 2014
UNITED STATES.- Baja California and its wines continue to give visitors from around the world something to talk about, the latest chatter coming from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, which named the state as one of the 10 best destinations in the world for wine lovers, alongside the Aegean Islands in Greece, Mendoza in Argentina and Baden, Germany.
It is still surprising to see the reactions of media outlets and the general public when they discover that, not only does Mexico produce wine, mostly in a single region called the Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley), but that it is actually of very good quality, gaining notice by itself each time more and more people come and have a sip.
Going from the U.S. to the Valle de Guadalupe is a short travel (relatively speaking, less than two hours' distance near Ensenada, Baja California.