About Norann Oleson

Norann Oleson

Norann Oleson is Editorial Director for Food Gardening Network, where she is the lead domain expert with responsibility for the technical accuracy of all content, editorial balance, and is the lead spokesperson for the brand. Norann was raised on a New England farm where she started gardening as a youth. She then founded her own landscaping business and developed a great passion for vegetable gardening and growing fruits, berries, herbs, and spices.

Articles by Norann Oleson

When to Pick Bell Peppers

When to Pick Bell Peppers

Bell peppers don't get the press they deserve. These fruits (yes, they are technically fruits) are one of the most commonly grown crops in the world. And they come in  
Russet Burbank Potatoes

Russet Burbank Potatoes

Russet Burbank potatoes are the most widely grown Russet cultivar in the US. This large oval potato is uniform in size and has patchy brown skin with rough textured flesh,  
Yukon Gold Potatoes

Yukon Gold Potatoes

This popular variety of potato has smooth thin skin, shallow eyes and buttery yellow flesh. It was first introduced into the market in 1980 as a cross between North American  
Kennebec Potatoes

Kennebec Potatoes

Kennebec potatoes are one of the most popular varieties grown in the US. They’re highly versatile and are great for frying, boiling and baking. This tuber has smooth buff  
Red Pontiac Potatoes

Red Pontiac Potatoes

A garden favorite, Red Pontiac potatoes are known for producing large tubers with thin red skin and sweet white flesh. This all purpose potato stores well and is perfect for  
Beauregard Sweet Potato

Beauregard Sweet Potato

This is the most common variety of sweet potato grown in the US. Beauregard sweet potatoes are typically uniform in shape and the flesh is buttery sweet and fluffy. It  
Jewel Sweet Potato

Jewel Sweet Potato

Jewel is considered the “Queen of Sweet Potatoes” because it is the most popular variety for North Carolina commercial sweet potato growers. It produces a high yield of up to  

Bell Peppers Glossary

Bell pepper-specific terms: Floating row covers: Specially designed gardening fabric that protects plants from frost, birds, and some insects. May also reduce the intensity of the sun. Garden hoops: Often  

Resources about Bell Peppers

Bell pepper-specific resources: National Center for Home Food Preservation: This site offers in-depth guidance on canning peppers, covering a range of approaches. https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_04/peppers.html Pick Your Own: This volunteer-run site provides information  
Health Benefits and Home Remedies of Bell Peppers

Health Benefits and Home Remedies of Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are packed with vitamins (especially vitamin C), minerals, and disease-fighting compounds. Rich in antioxidants, bell peppers can protect your heart, lower your blood pressure, and help control blood