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This is a compilation of information provided by the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Citrus County Office. For information, call 726-2141.

The truth about mildew

A mold such as mildew can ruin paper and cellulose fabrics. Mildew can also attack wood, paint, glue and leather.

Mildew needs certain conditions to grow and multiply. Paper, natural fibers or the slightest amount of organic material, such as food or soil, will facilitate growth. Mildew also needs oxygen and moisture. The optimal growth range for mildew is 70 percent to 93 percent relative humidity. The optimal temperature for mildew growth is 77-88 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold growth is promoted by a slightly acid condition and is slow to start. It can take several months or a humid season to get started, but once growth begins it is rapid.

Substitutes for unsweetened chocolate

Are you ready to cook your favorite chocolate dish only to find that you are out of the required unsweetened chocolate? If it is inconvenient to go to the food market, try substituting 3 tablespoons of cocoa plus 1 tablespoon of butter for every 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate called for in the recipe. If your recipe calls for semisweet chocolate and you have only unsweetened chocolate, substitute 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate and 4 teaspoons of sugar for every 1 ounces of semisweet chocolate in the recipe.

Health benefits of eating oranges

Eating just one orange provides you with all the natural vitamin C you need each day. One orange also contains folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects and heart disease. Eating one orange a day provides a source of daily dietary fiber and calcium. One medium-size orange provides 10 to 12 sections, or approximately { cup of juice and 4 teaspoons grated orange peel.

Navel oranges have a rich color and a sweet flavor. Moros, or blood oranges, have orange exteriors that are laced with a red blush, and the interiors are deep red. The blossom end of the orange is said to be the sweetest part.

No low fat here

Think again if you think those ramen noodles are low in fat. From the Berkley Wellness Letter comes unsettling news: Those noodles are loaded with fat. The noodles are precooked by steaming, then deep-frying. This leaves a residue of about 18 percent oil by weight. The fat is often saturated lard or palm oil.

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