|Trees, Beverages, and Outdoors
||[Mar. 4th, 2008|01:29 pm]
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Trees and Plants|
Kudzu is a climbing, woody or semi-woody, perennial vine. It was introduced to the US from Japan and is currently taking over the southeast. The plant grows quickly and can attach to trees, houses and pretty much everything else. This invasive plant blocks out native plants in the US making it a real nuisance. It has been known to grow completely over trailers and abandoned homes making them disappear in the greenery. Ways of eradicating kudzu include herbicide, mowing, and goats.
Stouts are dark ales made using roasted malts or roasted barley. Irish stout or dry stout is very dark or rich in color and it often has a toast-like or coffee-like taste. Most dry stouts use low amounts of hops and very dark roast malts. The malts are roasted almost to the point of burning. The most famous example, Guinness, is from Ireland. Its alcoholic content and dry flavor are both characterized as light, although it varies from country to country.
The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest controlled by the USFS. It is located in Puerto Rico Although the forest is relatively small in size (28, 000 acres), it is extremely important. The national forest has a great biodiversity and amazing aesthetics. El Yunque has thousands of native plants including 150 fern species, 240 tree species (88 of these are endemic or rare and 23 are exclusively found in this forest). It can have an annual rainfall over 200 inches. The views and unique landscape attracts over 600,000 visitors annually.