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  • 2006-11-03: An apple, onion, and potato have the same taste. You can test it by plugging your nose and taking a bite from each; they will all taste sweet. They get their flavor from the smell.
  • 2006-10-03: 2/3 of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey, USA.
  • 2006-09-21: Oak trees don't produce acors until they are fifty years of age or older.
  • 2006-09-19: The powder on the bark of a quaking aspen tree works as a mosquito repellent.
  • 2006-01-09: If a tree does not die by external forces such as drought, disease, fire, or lumberjacks, it will grow itself to death. Trees continually increase their mass, produce new leaves, grow new layers of wood, and start new branches. The energy it takes to survive increases significantly as the tree gets taller. Eventually it grows so large that it can no longer absorb enough nutrients or manufacture enough energy to sustain itself.
  • 2006-01-09: Trees can prevent the spread of infection from limb to limb.
  • 2006-01-09: To help reduce the amount of energy it takes to keep a tree alive, up to 90% of the bark and xylem (the woody tissue beneath the bark) will die off so it only needs to keep 10% of its mass alive.
  • 2006-01-09: The world's oldest tree was just under 7,000 years old. It was 238 feet tall and lived in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, California.
  • 2005-09-30: Celery takes more calories to eat it than a human can derive from it. Basically, it is the only food that has a negative amount of effective calories.
  • 2005-08-24: Grapefruit was named after grapes, but not because they are similar in taste or appearance – it was because they both tend to grow in clumps.
  • 2005-05-11: The daisy is called Bellis perennis in England and Chrysanthemum leucanthemum in the U.S. Its name comes from the trait of the flower opening each morning at dawn. It is also known as the "eye of the day."
  • 2005-05-03: The core of a cucumber is typically 11° C (20° F) colder than the surrounding air.
  • 2004-12-06: The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
  • 2004-12-03: The kerosene fungus can live in jet fuel tanks. If there is a minute amount of water in the tank, the fungus can use the fuel as food.
  • 2004-11-08: Yams and sweet potatoes are actually unrelated vegetables.
  • 2004-10-26: Of all the canned fruits and vegetables, pumpkin is the best source of vitamin A. Just a ½ cup has over 3 times the recommended daily requirement.
  • 2004-09-23: Leaves are green in summer because of the chlorophyll, which manufactures the plant's food. They yellow and orange pigments are there, but they are masked by the green. In fall, plants stop their food-making process and the chlorophyll breaks down. The green disappears and the yellow to orange color remains. At the same time, chemical changes can produce reds.
  • 2004-09-23: A tree's color in fall will never change. If it was red last year, it will be red for its entire life.
  • 2004-09-23: Temperature, light, and water all have influence on the degree and duration of a tree's fall color.
  • 2004-09-21: 13% of the world's tea comes from Kenya.
  • 2004-09-08: Plants that are dependent on bats for pollination include bananas, dates, figs, cashews, avocados, saguaros, organ pipes, century plants, cloves, mangoes, breadfruit, carob, kapok, and almost every tropical night-blooming plant. Without bats, there would be no tequila.
  • 2004-09-07: Pine, spruce, or other evergreen woods should never be used in barbecues. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the meat being cooked.
  • 2004-09-03: There are 250,000 species of flowering plants on Earth today.
  • 2004-09-03: 314 acres of trees are used to make the newsprint for the average Sunday edition of the New York Times. There are nearly 63,000 trees in the 314 acres.
  • 2004-08-24: Popcorn was discovered by the American Indians.
  • 2004-07-29: A single coffee tree produces only about 1 pound of coffee beans each year.
  • 2004-05-27: Peas found by archaeologists on the Thai-Burmese border have been carbon-dated to 9750 B.C and were found in cave dwellings.
  • 2004-05-27: According to Norse legend, peas were sent to Earth by the god Thor, and were only to be eaten on his day (Thursday).
  • 2004-05-27: Peas reached North America in 1493, being planted by Columbus on Isabella Island. They did not gain widespread popularity until the 1600's.
  • 2004-05-27: Black-eyed peas are not peas. They are actually beans.
  • 2004-05-27: According to Seed Saver's Exchange as of today, there are 939 varieties of edible peas.
  • 2004-05-06: Smelling bananas or apples can help you lose weight.
  • 2004-04-15: Strawberries have approximately 200 seeds per berry.
  • 2004-04-14: Strawberries are the only fruit whose seeds are on the outside.
  • 2004-04-14: Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges.
  • 2004-04-14: Strawberries do not lose nutritional value when frozen.
  • 2004-01-06: Almonds are members of the peach family. Technically, it is called the Rosacae family which also includes roses. To be more specific, it is the subgenus Prunus, which includes almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums.
  • 2004-01-05: Broccoli and cauliflower are the only vegetables that are flowers.
  • 2003-12-01: Pineapples are about 80% water.
  • 2003-12-01: An ear of corn is approximately 80% water.
  • 2003-12-01: Tomatoes are 95% water.
  • 2003-10-31: There is a poisonous mushroom called the Jack-o'-lantern. These mushrooms are bright orange-yellow in color and on rainy nights they appear to glow in the dark.
  • 2003-10-27: Apples have been more effective in keeping people awake than coffee. Apparently, it is due to the natural acidity and because sugar in the apple will be slowly released in your system.
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