In California, a legal skirmish has erupted over strawberries — or rather, over strawberry breeding.
To be absolutely precise, the battle is about strawberry breeding at the University of California, Davis. This is more important than it might sound. More than half of all strawberries in the supermarket trace their ancestry to breeding plots at UC Davis.
The strawberry breeders at UC Davis, who've led that program for decades, are leaving the university to carry on their work at a new private company.
What's the most popular seafood in the U.S.? Shrimp. The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined. Most of that shrimp comes from Asia, and most of the salmon we eat is also imported. In fact, 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, but one-third of the seafood Americans catch gets sold to other countries.
A company specializing in bytes is offering a special flavor for your Fourth of July: IBM's Watson barbecue sauce.
The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual process on Jeopardy, but Watson now seems ready for the Food Channel.
After analyzing massive numbers of recipes, Watson went gourmet. The condiment, called Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce, contains a dozen ingredients, including butternut squash, white wine, dates, Thai chilies and tamarind. According to IBM, "it's got a slow, warm heat and a kick."
Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:37 pm
By Ian Chillag
Purveyors of fine foods have any number of ways of showing them off. Auntie Anne's hands out free pretzel samples at the mall; McDonald's lets a princess sit on top of the Big Mac to show she can't feel a pea underneath.
At Ted Drewes in St. Louis, when they hand you your Concrete, they flip it upside down to show you it's so thick, it won't fall out of the cup.