2015-11-19 / Editorial Page

Consumers get answers from Ga. Department of Agriculture

Georgia Department of Agricul­ture, Gary W. Black, Commissioner, 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30334, www.agr.geor­gia. gov.

Question: I cracked a pecan that had three sections inside the shell instead of the normal two. Is this unusual?

Answer: It is unusual but not un­common to find a pecan whose in­terior is divided into thirds instead of halves. This is not a desirable trait for commercial pecan grow­ers and shellers due the nutmeats being smaller and because these non-standard tripartite nuts are more likely to be broken during the mechanized shelling process.

Q: Is Turk's turban squash ed­ible?

A: Most people consider Turk's turban (also known as Turk's cap or French turban) squash as a fall and Thanksgiving decoration due to its dark orange, green and white color combination and unusual shape. However, it is edible and may be prepared and used the same way as pumpkins and butternut squash. Some suggestions are in custards, pies, cookies, muffins, spice bars, soups and risottos.

Q: Where can I find a list of Georgia Christmas tree grow­ers?

A: Visit the website of the Geor­gia Christmas Tree Growers As­sociation (www.gacta.com<http:// www.gacta.com>). The associa­tion may also be reached by calling 478-919-TREE (478-919-8733). Subscribers to the Georgia Depart­ment of Agriculture's Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin will find a list of growers organized by county in the November 25th issue. Also check out the Georgia Grown website (www.georgiagrown.com/ index.php) for Christmas tree growers and retailers and for gifts grown or produced in Georgia.

Q: I want to raise canaries to sell. Am I required to have a li­cense?

A: In order to help prevent the outbreak and spread of avian dis­eases, as well as to insure humane care, bird breeders and dealers are required to be licensed and inspect­ed.

Please contact our Animal Pro­tection Section at 404-656-4914.

Q: Is it safe to cook a turkey overnight at a low temperature?

A: It is not safe to cook any meat or poultry in an oven set lower than 325 degrees F. At lower tempera­tures meat remains in what food scientists refer to as the danger zone. The danger zone is the tem­perature range between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F in which bac­teria can grow rapidly.

If you have questions about ser­vices or products regulated by the Georgia Department of Agricul­ture, write Arty Schronce (arty. schronce@agr.georgia. or visit the department's website at www.agr. georgia.gov.

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