Author Archives: David Dekevich

Avocados

Key Facts Avocado trees are native to the humid, sub-tropical and tropical regions of central and northern South America. They never go dormant.  Nearly 90% of avocado production in the United States takes place in California. Avocados are harvested by hand and start to ripen once they are picked from Read more

Cucumbers

Key Facts The top three countries that imported cucumbers to the United States in 2013 were Mexico (1,144,458,000 Ibs) Canada (215,028,000 lbs) and Honduras (65,244,000 lbs). In 2012, top cucumber producing states, as reported by the United States Department of Agriculture, were Georgia and Florida with 283.5 and 280.8 million pounds, respectively. Read more

Kombucha

ContentsKey FactsIntroductionFoodborne OutbreaksProductionFood SafetyConsumptionNutrition ReferencesKey Facts Kombucha is a fermented tea that can be produced commercially or in private homes. Kombucha has become increasingly popular, and a number of national and regional supermarkets, including natural foods stores and large grocery store chains, now carry the fizzy, refreshing tea on store shelves. Many people drink kombucha Read more

Oranges

Fresh sweet oranges are a low calorie (60 calories per 1 medium peeled orange), nutritious source of vitamin C (120% Daily Value (DV), fiber (12% DV), vitamin A (6% DV), and calcium (6% DV).
Orange juice has been implicated in 10 reported outbreaks, during which 810 persons became ill, in the United States from 1998 through 2012. Read more

Oysters

Key Facts Oysters are a keystone species. They help protect the coastline, clean the water, and provide a habitat for many other species such as fish, shrimp, and crabs. Oysters are among Florida’s top commercial seafood products in terms of dockside value. There are many harvesting and processing techniques. To ensure the Read more

Sprouts

Key Facts Edible sprouts such as alfalfa, broccoli, mung bean, and radish sprouts, are excellent sources of antioxidants, essential amino acids, and a handful of nourishing vitamins and minerals. As such, sprouts have been championed by foodies as a veritable “superfood” in recent years and have gained significant popularity in the natural Read more

Strawberries

Strawberries are grown in every state in the U.S. and almost every country in the world. They are an excellent source of nutrients and are a great addition to a healthy diet. Strawberries have been associated with several foodborne illnesses highlighting the importance of following recommended food safety practices from the farm to the table. Read more