Fall Leaves: Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Why do leaves change color in the fall? When exactly do they change, and how does the process occur? Find out, below! What Causes Leaves to Change Color? First of all, not all leaves turn vivid colors in the fall. Only a few of our many species of deciduous trees—notably maple, aspen, oak, and gum—produce stellar performances for our annual autumn spectacular in North America. Several factors contribute to fall color (temperature, precipitation, soil moisture), but the main...

Celery: Bland and Boring? Not So Fast!

Celery is one of the most underrated vegetables. Most people would never think of this humble stalk as a high-powered health food. Yet, it is! Yes, we know that celery has a satisfying crunch as well as a handy groove for holding anything spreadable. Cooked, it imparts a delicate flavor to salads, soups, and stir-fries. And it has only 11 calories per cup. Yet it is still perceived as bland and boring, made mostly of water. Nonetheless, celery has many health benefits...

What is a Rainbow? | How Rainbows Form

What is a rainbow? Most everyone has seen a rainbow sometime in their life, but do you know how rainbows are actually formed? Here's an explanation. What is a Rainbow? To put it plainly, rainbows are reflections of sunlight through raindrops. As the light is reflected, it is refracted, which means that the direction of the light wave is changed. Different wavelengths of light, which we see as colors, bend at different angles and produce a rainbow's signature...

List of Names for 2017 Hurricane Season

Tropical storms have been named for 2017, so here is the list of hurricane names for the Atlantic Basin (Miami hurricanes) and Eastern North-Pacific (California hurricanes). Is your name listed? How are Hurricanes Named? Native Americans called these storms Hurakons, after "a great spirit who commanded the east wind." Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were...

Best Apples for Baking: Apple Pie, Applesauce, Cider

Not all apples are ideal for cooking! Below is a chart with some of the best apples for baking—from apple pies to applesauce. Ever eaten a mushy apple pie? Often, the cause of this is a soft apple, such as a McIntosh. Have no fear! When you use the right kind of apple, you may find you actually like apple pie! Below is a list of the best apples for baking and cooking. (Note: Some familiar apple varieties may be missing because they are best eaten fresh out of...

Fire Cider and How to Make this Health-Boosting Tonic

Fire Cider boosts your health with herbs stewed in apple-cider vinegar. Fire Cider. The very name sounds like something you might want to try: half a dozen or more flavor-rich herbs and fruits, steeped for a few weeks in apple cider vinegar, then strained and bottled, perhaps with a bit of honey added to balance the acidity. This traditional winter and early spring tonic is renowned as a folk remedy to help ward off winter colds, flus, and other infirmities, or, as some...

How Long Do Seeds Last?

How long do garden seeds last? How do you tell if your old seeds are still good? Let's find out! Wintertime is the season when these questions matter. The gorgeous seed catalogs arrive in the mail, tempting you with beautiful photographs. But before you go crazy, it's time to inventory your leftover seeds to avoid duplication. How Long Do Seeds Last? Some seeds have a longer life expectancy than others. Most last for a couple of years if stored in a dry, cool place...

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