Fun Facts

Camelina oil composition

December 11, 2019

Fun fact! Camelina oil has a desirable 2:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid content. The oil comprises 38% omega-3 fatty acids as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and unlike flaxseed, which has a  similarly high ALA content, camelina oil has a much longer shelf life due to high levels of gamma-tocopherol (vitamin E).

Italian honey

December 4, 2019

Fun Fact! Italy is the only country in the world that produces more than 30 varieties of honey. Ironically, it is also the country that consumes the least amount of honey.

Seed-to-fruit ratio

November 26, 2019

Fun Fact! As an avocado grows, so does its fruit, meaning that the fruit’s seed-to-fruit ratio remains relatively constant.

Temperature-sensitive mulberry

November 20, 2019

Fun Fact! While white and red mulberries can survive subzero temperatures, black mulberries are sensitive to cold and cannot survive the same conditions.

Chestnut production in the U.S.

November 5, 2019

Fun Fact! The U.S. is one of the few nations in the world capable of growing chestnuts, yet U.S. chestnut production is less than 1% of the total world production. The U.S. imported 3,200 metric tons of chestnuts in 2017.

Shaking the tree

October 29, 2019

Fun Fact! Mulberries are harvested by physically shaking the tree to obtain the fruit.

Pawpaw nutrients versus other fruit nutrients

October 23, 2019

Fun Fact! Compared to bananas, pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is higher in vitamin C and niacin. Compared to apples, bananas, and oranges, pawpaws are higher in calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese. The fruit also has more essential amino acids than apples.

Gender-fluid tree

October 15, 2019

Fun Fact! Mulberry trees (Morus spp.) can sometimes switch sexes from male to female and vice versa.

Pea…nut?

October 9, 2019

Fun Fact! Botanically, peanuts are not actually nuts, but legumes (a member of the pea and bean family).

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