Fun Fact! Mulberry trees (Morus spp.) can sometimes switch sexes from male to female and vice versa.
Fun Fact! Botanically, peanuts are not actually nuts, but legumes (a member of the pea and bean family).
Fun Fact! An avocado’s size does not indicate whether the fruit is ripe or of high quality.
Fun Fact! Buckwheat is a relatively low-input crop that has high yields even in marginal soil. It also adds nutrients to the soil, making it a good cover or rotational crop. Buckwheat also grows quickly, with a 30-day maturity rate that allows it to kill off most competing weeds. Its fast growth also makes it a good candidate for a catch crop when others have failed.
Fun Fact! A mulberry species’ name does not necessarily indicate its color. White mulberries (Morus alba), for instance, can be white, lavender, or black. Red mulberry (Morus rubra) colors can range from red to black.
Fun Fact! Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a fruit said to have the flavor of banana, mango, and pineapple.
Fun Fact! Cooked spinach provides a higher amount of vitamin A and iron than raw spinach.
Fun Fact! During World War II, when Great Britain was unable to import citrus, citizens were encouraged to gather rose hips from the Dog Rose plant (Rosa canina L.) as a source of vitamin C.
Fun Fact! During colonial times, George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his Virginia Farm. He even developed more than 100 different products made from sweet potatoes, including an alternative to corn syrup.
Fun Fact! Rye is a hardy crop that can survive harsh winters, sandy soils with low fertility, and drought conditions. Rye also requires an estimated 30% less water than wheat.