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Plantidote of the Day 2012-08-14

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Peach on a tree

"Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food." Hippocrates's famous quote is gathering quite a bit of support among nutrition researchers these days. Just about every week, there's a new study demonstrating the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Peaches and plums, for example, contain antioxidants that kill breast cancer cells, but leave healthy cells alone. Try that with chemotherapy. No, wait, don't bother -- it doesn't work.

The same researchers who discovered that peaches and plums have cancer-killing abilities are testing the fruit extracts with other types of cancer cells, but the results have not yet been published. In the meantime, here are some peach and plum recipes. Plus, this Peach Freezer Jam is a good way to preserve summer fruit for later in the year -- except it's so good, it's hard not to eat it all at once ;-)


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Submitted by twig on

or something -- what I'm trying to say is, I didn't plant it, it just grew! For a couple years, it had curly leaf blight (forgetting the exact name), but now it's thriving! Eleven peaches this year, and pretty good ones, too, completely organic. Next year, we're going for a record dozen!!

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Submitted by insanelysane on

A fungus that attacks the leaves. It is a common hazard.

But if your tree is well nourished and well cared for, that curl is just a blimp on the screen.

Ground squirrels are another matter. They eat all my fruit. Even with bird netting.