Northern & Central Midwest

December, 2003
Regional Report

Web Finds

National Plant Diagnostic Network
Great news for agriculture and horticulture alike: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established a National Plant Diagnostic Network to help detect, identify, and report pests and pathogens. This network will bring together plant specialists, diagnostic labs, and university research departments to help diagnose and treat plants and crops. This network will maintain an Internet-based database available for all to use. The University of Illinois is a component of the north-central region.

Recipes

Winter Jam
Ingredients
3 cups cranberries
2 apples, quartered
1-1/2 cup water
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1 cup crushed pineapple
3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Preparation
Cook cranberries and apples in water until soft. Run through food mill. Return to pot and add lemon juice and rind, pineapple, and sugar. Stirring constantly, boil until jam is thick and clear. Add ginger. Pour into sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headroom, seal, and process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

Yields 4 cups.

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