By Eunice Messner

BE HEALTHY According to an article I read in the Dec 04 issue of Avant Gardener, if you were a castaway on a desert island, sweet potatoes (yams) would keep you alive longer than any other food. They are high in vitamins
A and E, iron, fiber and anti-oxidents. We all enjoy the traditional baked yams, but have you had Sweet Potato Fries? Yummy!! Here is a wholesome way to enjoy them. Prepare them in " x " strips. Put in a baking pan and
drizzler a little olive oil over them, tossing to coat. Arrange them on the pan and bake at 375 degrees covered lightly with a piece of foil. Should take about 20 minutes.
Here's a bit of trivia: Only Sweet Potatoes are consumed in United States. Yams are a similar vegetable grown in the tropics. So what we call yams is a misnomer for a variety of sweet potatoes.

MANGO On the 27th of November I harvested the lone fruit of a new seedling mango. It was yellow skinned, 6" long with a 15" circumference. The flavor was sprightly with some fiber. I think dehydration will bring out a balanced flavor. Since there was only one fruit I assume, hereafter, the fruit won't be so huge. Brrrr IT'S COLD Worried about frost getting your bananas? Our "Fruit Gardener" editor, Ron Couch, who lives in Louisiana, is building a double walled wire enclosure and filling it full of leaves. He should also then have some good mulch for use next spring. Another grower I read about was stacking bales of straw around his tender plants. CRFG member, William Butler, who lives in Visalia, in addition to using a kelp spray, is trying a new anti-transpirant on his tropicals. It is Anti-Stress 550 manufactured by Polymerag Co. in Fresno CA <> Take a look at the posted test results. Another web site is <> Also ,he is using Agribon-50 floating row cover, rated to protect plants down to 24F (Available from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply).

BARE ROOT FOR BEGINNERS Gary Matsuoka of Laguna Hills Nursery is offering this one hour class (plus time for questions) at 6:30 p.m. on 12/26/04. You can RSVP at 949 830-5653. If the line is busy, leave your phone # and how many are attending.
Address: 25290 Jeronimo Rd., Lake Forest. Exit the I-5 FRWY at El Toro Rd., travel east about 1.75 miles, turn right at Jeronimo Road then right again into the parking lot just one block from El Toro Rd. Bare root trees usually start arriving about the end of December.