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If you like tomatoes, cheese or steak, you're tasting umami. We've all heard of SWEET, SALTY, SOUR and BITTER as being the building blocks of complex flavors. But in 1909 Professor Kikunae Ikeda isolated a fifth flavor detectable by human tongues. He named it "umami," from the Japanese words for delicious.
When I used to live in Raleigh NC (not 1/2 mile from where Elizabeth Lawrence lived), I used this book like a "garden Bible".... Read more »
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0000: Today's Hortiscope: It's easy to get sidetracked when you're out weeding. To stay on task, think of your garden in sections and take a short break when you've finished each one. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way!
1498: Vasco da Gama became the first European to reach India via the Atlantic Ocean when he reached Calicut on the Malabar Coast.
1506: Christopher Columbus, explorer, died in Valladolid, Spain.
1862: The U.S. Homestead Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, allowing applicants to claim title to 160 acres of any undeveloped land outside the original 13 colonies. Over 1.6 million homesteads were granted until the Act was repealed in 1986.
1916: Codell Kansas was hit by a tornado. It would also be hit by tornadoes on the same date for the next two years (1917 and 1918).
1995: The Garden Writers of America launched the nationwide "Plant a Row for the Hungry" campaign, encouraging 78 million gardening households to share their extra vegetables, fruits and herbs with others.
2005: Florida named the orange (Citrus sinensis) the official state fruit, joining the orange blossom as the state flower and orange juice as the official state beverage.
2008: Howard William Dill, the "Pumpkin King" died at the age of 74. He created the 'Dill's Atlantic Giant' pumpkin and patented it in 1985; the 18-year patent expired in 2004.