Edible Mushroom in the World – Food Variety 24

Friday, November 4, 2022

Mushroom is one of my favorites, because, I think it is delicious and one of healthy foods.

Fig 01- Wild mushroom at backyard

There are more than 50 thousand types of mushroom live in tropical region, southern and northern hemispheres.

They are used for many purposes, include medical and food resources. Surprisingly that not very much percentage are poisonous, around 1% to 2% of 50 thousand kinds only.

Many species of commercial mushrooms sold in the market. We could buy in the groceries or small stores or at farmer markets.

Fig 02- Enoki mushroom, wrapped in plastic

Fig 03- Look like long “small sticks or strings”

Fig 04- Photo from other side of wild mushroom

However, we understand that about 90 types have been cultivated, and 30 species are developed for commercial purposes.

Some types of famous mushroom with economic values are following:

- Shitake mushroom and Cremini mushroom

- White button mushroom and Maitake mushroom

- Oyster mushroom and Beech mushrooms

- Porcino mushrooms and Portobello mushroom

What type of mushroom do you familiar with?

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A Gator in the Neighborhood’s Lake – Critter 21

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

I have talked about alligators in our state, Louisiana and in our neighborhood at several previous posts.

Fig 01- Young gator in the lake

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Recently, our communities have seen an alligator swimming in the one of our neighbor lakes.

What is the problem?

Fig 02- A dog, seen play around the lake

The problem is that we saw the gator in the lake where we considered as a safe lake to play around.

Fig 03- Some gators are seen in this place

Sometimes, people let their dogs to swim in the lake. Hence, it is a warning to anyone who lets their dogs get in the “safe” lake.

Moreover, since gators are wild animals, the fines are huge for anyone who decides to get them.

Other problems concerning with wild alligators: there are more and more reported about their present in our lakes.

Unfortunately, the numbers of Wildlife and Fisheries employee and licensed alligator hunters are limited to remove gators from lakes, rivers or any sites.

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May Yogurt Reduce Risk of Heart Diseases? - Part 2 – Heart 11

Sunday, October 30, 2022

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Fig 01- Frozen yogurt with vanilla bean

In respect to heart diseases, scientists from Harvard and Boston universities (published in American Journal of Hypertension, 2018) observed women and men with high blood pressure.

The number are:

- 55,000 women (the ages of 30 and 55)

- 18,000 men (the ages of 40 and 55)

The finding surprised researchers!

Fig 02- Just for illustration

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Fig 03- Yogurt in cups, sold by Walmart

The researchers have seen the result that who consume yogurt regularly (at least twice a week), both men and women lower the risk to have heart diseases.

It is because yogurt consumption relates to:

- reduce high blood pressure, as heart diseases major risk factor.

- increase good HDL cholesterol to help healthy heart.

- lower artery thickness

Do you like yogurt?

How often have you consumed yogurt?

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The Fiber Art in Our Community – Sign 23

Friday, October 28, 2022

When I saw the sign in the one of our community activities, immediately, I asked myself:”what is fiber art?” I just heard for the first time.

Fig 01- Sign of fiber art

Then, I understand that it is a kind of fine art. The art that involve fiber, yarn or fabric. Either natural or synthetic.

The art that involve of significant works in the form of:

- crocheting, knitting, felting and quilting

- embroidery

- weaving and basket weaving

- needle point and many more

Fig 02- Artists are doing fiber art

Fig 03- Examples of fiber art

I know, but not really familiar with crocheting, knitting and quilting. I think many people love to work or have skills with at least one of these 3 words (crocheting, knitting or quilting)

However, some artists suggested to start with crocheting than knitting, especially for beginners.

It is because Crochet to use one hook, hence minimize techniques. Doing crocheting is easier than knitting.

Do you familiar with crocheting, knitting and quilting?

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Do You Know that Your Cat Love you? - Part 1 - Critter 20

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

When I have several cats long long time ago, I love to watch their behaviors in responds to human being.

Fig 01- A kitten, black and white

Sure, there are many interesting signs of cats, however, I noticed several important signs that are:

- wagging their tail when they are approaching and following me

- curling their tails around my legs

- kissing or little biting on my finger's feet.

Fig 02- Cereus, blooming cacti

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Fig 03- A black domestic cat

As I read from some resources and search through Google that meaning of above 3 signs are:

- to love

- to attract attention

- and eager to make friendship with their owners.

Then, how do cats behaviors to show their love, attention and wish to make friendship with their owners (adopter)?

# To be continued to part 2

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Have You Tasted Pistachio Muffins? - Part 2 – Food Variety 22

Monday, October 24, 2022

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Fig 01- The Pistachio muffin on the table

In term of economic value, California get US$ 3.6 billion per year from pistachio seeds industry as reported by FarmProgress (2018).

Pistachio seeds price is increasing recently, from US$ 2.65 per pound in 2018, to be about US$ 9 per pound in 2021, and predicted more in coming years.

Two factors caused price increasing:

- increasing demand

- cost of production is getting expensive due to increasing water price to keep plants healthy.

Fig 02- Pistachio nuts, sold in Walmart

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Fig 03- Homemade Pistachio muffin

Moreover, It is estimated by Todd Fitchette (2018: California pistachios a $3.6 billion industry, report says) that highly profitable to grow Pistachio trees in the USA farms.

Back to muffins, do you like Pistachio seeds or Pistachio green muffins or both of them?

What do you think?

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Halloween Wreath Business in Neighborhood – Sign 22

Friday, October 21, 2022

Wreath is one of Christmas decorations in old days. It is mainly hung on the door, but some neighbors hang wreath on their windows.

Fig 01- Sign of class for making wreath

I saw wreath are used for many ceremonial events in recent days, especially in oue neighborhood.

Actually, we could see wreath be hung any where, inside or outdoor. The outdoor wreaths be hung in places such as:

- fences

- wall

- porch railing

Fig 02- One of Halloween wreaths

Fig 03- Wreath with skeleton

Fig 04- Little ghosts in the wreath

Some neighbors made their own wreaths, other just but it from market. The cost range from just 10 US dollar to 150 US dollar each wreath.

Many wreath cost about US$ 35 each, I think it is a quite reasonable price.

In case who want to learn how to make wreath. There are plenty courses available around our neighborhood.

Sign (please see Fig 01 above) is one of wreath class, special for Fall season.

Do you know how to make or design wreath?

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