Fun Facts

Gender-fluid tree

October 15, 2019

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


October 9, 2019

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

Does avocado size matter?

October 2, 2019

Fun Fact! An avocado’s size does not indicate whether the fruit is ripe or of high quality.

Buckwheat, a handy crop

September 26, 2019

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.

Roses are red, mulberries are…what color?

September 19, 2019

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.

Pawpaw flavor

September 12, 2019

Fun Fact! Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a fruit said to have the flavor of banana, mango, and pineapple.

Cooked versus raw spinach

September 5, 2019

Fun Fact! Cooked spinach provides a higher amount of vitamin A and iron than raw spinach.

When life gives you rose hips…

August 29, 2019

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.

Colonial sweet potatoes and George Washington

August 21, 2019

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.

Rye facts

August 15, 2019

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.