This is a really great story about the comeback of the Bronx River, New York City’s only freshwater river, and one of the most beautiful natural features of our 250 acres. The Bronx River Alliance has so much to be proud of!
Actually, the NYBG clocks in at 250-acres! Orchids aren’t plentiful right now, but the water lilies in Monet’s Garden are looking pretty amazing, and the 50-acre Forest is always a great place to chill out on a hot summer day. ~AR
There isn’t much green space in New York City, so every now and again I’m struck with a case of pavement fever. And this time around, I headed to the 50-acre New York Botanical Garden for an immediate cure. There was a lot to behold, but ever since I read
Researcher Ann Powell at University of California, Davis, and colleagues have pinpointed the molecular changes responsible for the “uniform ripening” trait of many modern tomatoes. These changes also reduce the fruit’s sugar content. For about 70 years, breeders have selected tomato…
It’s true: prettier doesn’t mean better. Thankfully, there are small farmers and seed distributors keeping the art—and taste—of the tomato alive. It’s all about heirloom varieties! If you’re aiming to find out what this plump red fruit used to offer in terms of taste, look for the unusual, often lumpy or even ugly tomatoes that you might otherwise think a novelty—the Beefsteaks, Brandywines, and Cherokee Purples. They’re harder to find, and almost certainly more expensive, but worth the extra effort. —MN