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Peaches: Did you know?

Peaches: Did you know?

Peaches are a summertime staple. This sweet fruit is at home in desserts, salads, on top of cereals, and all on its own. Peaches thrive in warm climates with lots of sunlight. Peaches are native to northwest China, and they are believed to have been domesticated and cultivated since 2000 B.C. Later, they were widely grown in the region known as Persia, which is now called Iran. As a result, the scientific name for the peach species is Prunus persica. China continues to be the world’s largest peach producer, followed by Spain, Italy, Greece, and the United States. In the United States, even though Georgia is known as “The Peach State,” it is not the country’s biggest producer of peaches. Georgia is beat out by California and South Carolina. New Jersey also produces its fair share of peaches. Nectarines and peaches are similar fruits. In fact, nectarines are a type of peach. Peaches have a dominant allele for the fuzzy skin, while nectarines have a recessive allele for that fuzz. In regard to flavor, peaches and nectarines are very similar, but some experts say nectarines are slightly sweeter and firmer. According to the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, nectarines also have considerably more potassium and twice as much vitamin A as peaches.

Healthy habits that can become part of a daily routine

A person’s habits can have a strong impact on his or her overall health. Unhealthy habits like smoking and living a sedentary lifestyle can increase a person’s risk for various conditions and diseases. On the flip side, healthy habits like eating a nutritious diet and getting enough sleep can bolster a person’s immune system and reduce his or her risk for various ailments.

How to pair beer with food

The Brewers Association recommends beer lovers follow a three-pronged approach to matching beer and food. Photo by Metro Creative

How to pair beer with food

The craft beer boom has inspired millions of people to look at beer through a new lens. Once relegated to backyard barbecues and ballgames, beer is now served alongside gourmet meals. Much like the right wine can make a meal taste even better, beer can bring out the flavors of food, making it an ideal complement to anything from steak to seafood to salad.

Pair like a pro

Pair like a pro

Want to pair your favorite craft beers like an old pro at home or at your local pub with an extensive tap list? Consider these pairing recommendations, courtesy of the Brewers Association.

Music Fest

Performers on the stage in the Lazy Days Canteen. Photos by Kathryn Williams

Music Fest

Roddy Tree Ranch boasts 800 feet of tranquil Guadalupe riverfront.

Music Fest

The Lazy Days Canteen offers outdoor seating and live music.

Music Fest

Imagine lounging in the cool grass along the Guadalupe River, listening to the soulful, laidback rhythms of reggae legends The Wailers. This August, Roddy Tree Ranch will host the two-day Reggae on the Guadalupe Festival, headlined by The Wailers and featuring Nautical Nation, Henry and The Invisibles, Cowboy Irie and more.

Sweet Caroline Medusa Green: Award-winning architectural form
Sweet Caroline Medusa Green: Award-winning architectural form

Sweet Caroline Medusa Green ornamental sweet potato with its seven lobes creates architectural weeping look similar to a Japanese Maple yet mystical looking similar to bamboo in this mixed container. Sweet Caroline Medusa Green positioned between Diamond Snow euphorbia captivates the rock wall with just the right amount of vigor. Photos by Norman Winter

Sweet Caroline Medusa Green: Award-winning architectural form
Sweet Caroline Medusa Green: Award-winning architectural form

Sweet Carolina Medusa Green creates a stunning hanging basket partnership at the Young’s Plant Farm 2021 Garden Tour in Auburn AL. Here it is combined with Rocapulco Coral Reef impatiens and Summer Wave Large Violet torenia in dazzling fashion.

Sweet Caroline Medusa Green: Award-winning architectural form

Sweet Caroline Medusa Green is an architectural plant of the first order. I know what you are thinking, isn’t that a sweet potato? The answer is, a hearty yes and AMEN, thank you! Sweet Caroline Medusa Green is like no other sweet potato.

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Above, Zydeco Jeaux's Catfish Acadian, which came with fried catfish over white rice and covered with crawfish etouffee served corn maque choux — sweet corn and peppers sautéed in bacon grease — and a corn muffin.  Below, the Cajun restaurant's boudin bomb, crawfish bomb and crawfish pie. Daily Record photos by Nick Castillo

Foodie Friday: Zydeco Jeaux's Cajun Kitchen

The Daily Record is highlighting food trucks and stands in and around San Marcos this month. Know a food truck we should highlight this month?

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San Marcos could soon see a fast-casual hot chicken restaurant. Dave’s Hot Chicken, based in Los Angeles, recently announced that it has inked a franchise agreement to open 10 locations in select markets along the Interstate 35 Corridor in Texas, including Austin, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Waco. Photo by Reyes Photography & Video via Dave's Hot Chicken

Dave’s Hot Chicken plans to bring location to San Marcos

San Marcos could soon see a fast-casual hot chicken restaurant. 

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