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Lemongrass can be used to both repel mosquitos and attract honey bees. It is also a solid dietary source of iron, magnesium, and zinc.

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Raw cashews contain urushiol, an allergenic chemical also found in poison ivy that causes a skin rash. Almost all cashews sold today have already been shelled and cooked to remove the urushiol.

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It takes about 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate, although some types of chocolate require even more than that.

Photograph by Carsten Schertzer/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-2.0.

If Santa Claus visits 500 million homes this Christmas, and has two bites of cookie and one sip of milk at each house, he could easily consume more than 35 billion calories.

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Capsaicin, a component in chili peppers that produces the heat sensation, is created by the pepper plant to stop animals from eating its fruit. It does not affect birds, which spread the plant’s seeds.

Photograph by Loadmaster/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Kumquats are one of the highest fruit sources of calcium. They are also rich in fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

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Peanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, a component used to make the explosive liquid nitroglycerine, which is a key ingredient in dynamite.

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