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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's beloved wild blueberry fields are home to one of the most important fruit crops in New England, and scientists have found they are warming at a faster rate than the rest of the state.

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PlantTok creator Moria Cosgrove (@cosgrome) is known for her indoor gardening advice. Here, she shows you the first step to growing your own orange tree at home using seeds from store bought fruit.

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Located close to Rome in the region of Umbria, this tiny hilltop village offers one of the most stunning panoramas of central Italy across the…

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Acorns is one of the older of the new breed of finance apps, but it remains one of the most popular, because of how easy it is to use. Link a debit or credit card to your account, and Acorns will round up the total on purchases to the next dollar and invest that difference into one of a few ETF portfolios.

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A cross between the citron and bitter orange, lemons (Citrus limon) are one of the original citrus fruits. Sunny yellow in color, oval, with a textured peel and segmented inner flesh, there are two basic types of lemons: acidic and sweet. The most common acidic, or sour, varieties are Eureka, commonly called the “supermarket lemon,” and Lisbon. The sweet and smooth-skinned Meyer lemon is actually a hybrid of a lemon and mandarin orange.

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Before peaches, plums and berries appear in markets, apricots arrive. Most apricots are destined to be canned or dried, and their season is fleeting, so get fresh ones fast.

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To distill all the reasons Japan is a travelers’ dream down to one thing would be hard. There’s the dazzling cities, incredibly food, efficient transportation, quirky boutiques and gorgeous landscapes across this nation. However, if you’re after a truly special only-in-Japan experience, you’ll need to visit during cherry blossom season (called sakura in Japan).

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The cute little kiwifruit doesn’t mess around when it comes to keeping your immune system happy and healthy. One large kiwi provides 80 mg of vitamin C, which nearly meets the daily requirement. Besides being an excellent immunity booster, kiwi is great for your eye health — its nutrients help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

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Papaya is famous in skin care for its anti-aging properties, but it also boasts anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory abilities. Like the other tropical fruits on this list, you can usually find it in a Latin American grocery store if you can’t find one at your local supermarket.

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"Most contemporary landscapes lack diversity, so gardeners should choose a variety of plants that flower and fruit," Badurek said. Plants with berries attract birds, and layering plants of varying heights provides hiding places for other species.

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The Japanese macaques in Jigokudani Monkey Park begin most days with a relaxing dip in their own private hot tub.

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Post-divorce, they still jointly own the Miraval estate and vineyard in France’s Provence. In partnership with the Perrin family, Miraval is known for roses. Its Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose has an aroma of fresh fruit and spring flowers. $27.99. Chateau Miraval Studio is a pale pink with notes of fresh fruit and citrus fruit. $18.99.

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If you have a hard avocado and you need it to be soft in a day or so, simply place it in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple and fold the top to close it up. The natural ethylene gases emitted by the other fruit will cause the avocado to ripen faster. Depending on how hard your avocado is, it might take a couple of days.

Washington, D.C.'s cherry blossoms are expected to look their loveliest in early April, according to their stewards, the National Park Service. Here's a guide to the blossoms and the festival celebrating them. What: The National Cherry Blossom Festival, a chance to enjoy and celebrate the beauty of the cherry trees planted along Washington, D.C.'s Tidal Basin. The original trees were a gift of ...

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Highly nutritious avocados are a favorite summer fruit for good reason. Whether you crush one up to make guacamole, slice it for a sandwich, mash it on toast, or top a salad with it, avocado provides a burst of flavor and healthy fats. It’s also surprisingly easy to grow this fruit at home from the leftover pit—a fun indoor gardening project for kids and adults alike—though most avocado trees take several years to mature and grow fruit. Here’s how to grow your own avocado plant.

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