Historical Fun Facts

In the 17th century western carrots first appeared in the Netherlands. Dutch carrot growers invented the orange carrot in honor of the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family.

According to a 5th century Chinese scroll, fashionable Chinese women used to make a dye out of the skin of purple eggplants and polish their teeth with it until they were a shiny gray.

References to coriander can also be found in Sanskrit texts and the Bible.

A 17th century recipe with thyme as one of the main ingredients claims to enable people to see fairies.

Fun Facts in the Garden

Peanuts are legumes.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family, which also includes onions, leeks, and garlic.

Onions contain a mild antibiotic that fights infections, soothes burns, tames bee stings and relieves the itch of athletes foot.

Medieval artists extracted green pigment from spinach to use as an ink or paint.

Fun Facts of the Day

The first cookbook was complied sometime in the 1st century.

The cucumber is believed to be native to India, and evidence indicates that it has been cultivated in Western Asia for 3,000 years.

Eggplants is related to both the tomato and the potato.

Onions, apples and potatoes all have the same taste. The difference in flavor is caused by their smell. Pinch your nose and try it.

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting facts…

The California redwood – coast redwood and giant sequoia – are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.

One bushel of corn can be used sweeten more than 400 cans of pop.

In the Netherlands during it’s peak popularity between 1636-37, a single tulip bulb could cost up to 10 times the annual income of a craftsman.

The world record-holding watermelon was 268.8 lbs and was grown in 2005 by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Herbal Fun Facts

herbsAn old English tradition is to plant large patches of thyme as playgrounds for faeries.

Basil oil is a traditional treatment for insect bites and bee stings.

Cilantro was one of the plants growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon more than 2,500 years ago!

Fun Facts

Tomatoes are the world’s most popular fruit! More than 60 million tons are produced every year. That’s 16 million tons more than No.2 — the banana.

Watermelons are actually vegetables, related to pumpkins, cucumbers and squash.

Ancient Greeks and Romans thought basil would only grow if you screamed wild curses and shouted while sowing the seeds.

Cilantro is a member of the carrot family.