Techniques for making great-tasting, healthful and fun-to-eat foods from pears, tomatoes, carrots and other fruits and vegetables have garnered a national honor for a pair of Agricultural Research Service scientists.

Research food technologist Tara H. McHugh of the ARS Western Regional Research Center, Albany, Calif., and recently retired colleague Charles C. Huxsoll, formerly an agricultural engineer at Albany, received a 2003 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award recently at the Tucson, Ariz., annual meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.