Guac goes great with pigskins.

January 19, 2011

No, we don’t mean pork rinds, that is, unless you like them.

Bowl of Guacamole!

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While NFL fans are patiently waiting to see which teams will be battling it out in Cowboys Stadium on February 6 for Super Bowl XLV, those planning Super Bowl parties are planning menus for the hunger-inducing game. A popular party favorite is guacamole, especially when it’s made fresh. There’s nothing like the combination of creamy, zesty guacamole, tortilla chips and football.

Fresh Florida avocados are still available in grocery stores, especially in South Florida. Miami-Dade County is home to the heart of Florida’s avocado production. Unfortunately, avocados are not as good at defense as NFL players, and are under attack by a disease threatening to wipe out almost 7,000 acres in production. No avocados = no guacamole. That would put a damper on Super Bowl parties, for sure.

Redbay Ambrosia Beetle on Dime

Redbay Ambrosia Beetle on Dime

The redbay ambrosia beetle is a tiny beetle that was first discovered in the United States in Savannah, Ga., and has since been detected just miles from areas of avocado production in South Florida. This beetle is associated with laurel wilt, a disease known to have crippling effects on trees the Laurel family, such as redbay and avocado. Trees that are diseased with laurel wilt initially have drooping foliage with a red or purple discoloration, and the foliage eventually turns brown and may remain on the tree for a year or more. Small tubes of sawdust that protrude from the tree are signs of a redbay ambrosia beetle infestation. You can help stop the spread of laurel wilt by reporting signs of the disease to the DPI Helpline at 888-397-1517.

Laurel Wilt Symptoms

Laurel Wilt Symptoms

A major avenue for redbay ambrosia beetles to be transported around the state is through the movement of infested firewood. The tiny beetles can go unnoticed in a bundle of firewood, and can easily hitch a ride from one campsite to another. You can help control the spread of invasive pests like the redbay ambrosia beetle by purchasing firewood near your campsite, burning all firewood (or donating it to a fellow camper), purchasing dry wood and reducing the need for firewood by cooking over charcoal or gas. Remember to buy firewood when you reach your destination and burn it all onsite.

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Keep your snack bowls and stomachs full during the Super Bowl. Help Save the Guac!

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