Blog Posts

Our Extension Agents write blog posts every month to get information to the public about hot topics in their field. Here are a few highlights:


Roselle, The Florida Cranberry

Roselle, a relative of hibiscus, was once used widely as an edible plant in Florida. The flowers are less showy than other hibiscus varieties, but their calyces (sepals at the base of the flower) are amazing! As the flower dies the calyx gets fleshy and in the sunlight shines like rubies. But even better than its beauty is its sweet/tart flavor. Florida pioneers grew roselle in their gardens to make cranberry sauce to serve with the Thanksgiving turkey, they called it the Florida Cranberry. The Caribbean islanders make a special rum drink at Christmas made with steeped roselle calyces which they call sorrel. One ingredient in Red Zinger tea is roselle calyces, and it’s called hibiscus tea!  

Michelle’s Roselle,The Florida Cranberry blog post is available HERE


Staying Motivated at Work (and in crisis)

Some people say this crisis means the end of business as usual. I am not sure about that. What I DO know is that it has been hard to stay on task and stay motivated when there is so much uncertainty in the world and in how we get our jobs done. We’ve all had those days at work where we just can’t seem to get into it.

Maybe we’re having a hard time staying focused, maybe we’re feeling particularly exhausted, or maybe we’re just plain bored.

Whatever the reason is, off days happen to everyone at some point. When we have no motivation to work, a few hours can seem like a lifetime of misery, and we begin to get down on ourselves for not living up to our fullest potential...

Alicia’s Staying Motivated blog post is available HERE!


Everglades Tomato-A Summer Tomato for the Keys

Also known locally as wild tomato or currant tomato, the Everglades tomato is a wonder for gardeners in the Florida Keys. The tomato blooms and fruits all year long, is tolerant of our alkaline soil, brackish water, salt winds, and is resistant to such fungal diseases as verticillium and fusarium wilts, and late blight (Razali et al., 2018). What a plant! 

Everglades tomato grows as an annual or biennial, but you will never be without tomatoes as the thin-skinned fruit will self-seed if allowed. Though shrub-like when young, the stems will eventually sprawl out up to 10 feet...

Michelle’s Everglades Tomato blog post is available HERE!

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