Gardening News You Need To Know To Survive 2013

I didn’t make this up! Plucked from world news headlines. ‘Really’

hang-over-cure Scientists believe asparagus could be ward off the effects of a hangover. Scientists have found chemicals in the vegetable also protect liver cells against toxins.
Experiments on human cells found the minerals and amino acids in asparagus can replacing those lost through drinking which can often lead to a headache. They also relieve stress on the liver.
Scientists at the Jeju National University in South Korea recommend serving the leaves as well as the tender shoots.
Researcher B Y Kim, said: “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.”
The study was published in the Journal of Food Science.

elephant-coffee Elephant dung coffee: In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world’s most expensive coffee. Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee’s unique taste.

cole-vegetables Brussels sprouts should come with a health warning‘, say doctors after man admitted to hospital. Leafy green vegetables contain vitamin K, a chemical the body uses to promote blood clotting, and it counteracts the effects of anticoagulants (blood thinning medication).
Consultant cardiologist Dr Roy Gardner said: ”Patients who are taking anticoagulants are generally advised not to eat too many green leafy vegetables, as they are full of vitamin K, which antagonise the action of this vital medication.”

doorKnob-b Stainless steel and plastics are out. Copper and Brass are in. Researchers have discovered that copper and alloys made from the metal, including brass, can prevent antibiotic resistance in bacteria from spreading. Plastic and stainless steel surfaces, which are now widely used in hospitals and public settings, allow bacteria to survive and spread when people touch them.

Even if the bacteria die, DNA that gives them resistance to antibiotics can survive and be passed on to other bacteria on these surfaces.
Copper and brass, however, can kill the bacteria and also destroy this DNA.
On stainless steel surfaces these bacteria can survive for weeks, but on copper surfaces they die within minutes. Part of the process DNA from bacteria is also destroyed just as rapidly on the copper, so you cannot get gene transfer on the surface.

Red wine is for the birds. Chicken, Pheasant, Turkey meals call for a young fruity red wine. Think French syrah (aka shiraz), grenache or mourvèdre. Australian shiraz-cabernet blends or you may prefer Chilean merlots. If you want the wine to be a talking point go for the more unusual Californian red zinfandel. A proper red ‘zinfandel’ has a delectably ripe but succulent raspberry and cassis note with a sprinkle of black pepper.

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4 responses to “Gardening News You Need To Know To Survive 2013

  1. I prefer cinnamon in my coffee.


  2. Teresa Cleveland Wendel

    More asparagas in our diet? Check.


  3. Very entertaining and interesting tidbits! Thanks. Have a happy New Year.


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