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According to legend, St. John’s wort got its name because the plant blooms around June 24—the same day as the feast of St. John the Baptist in some Christian traditions.

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Small amounts of caffeine can be found in the leaves and flowers of several citrus plants, including grapefruit, lemon, and orange, but not in the fruits.

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As a result of rising corn prices, some farmers now supplement cattle feed with candy, such as Skittles, as a way to provide a cheaper source of carbohydrates for the cows.

Spelt, a staple grain in Ancient Rome and medieval Europe, is especially rich in manganese, phosphorus, and niacin.

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Before European contact with the Americas, tomatoes were not used in Italian food, peanuts were not used in Thai food, and chili peppers were not used in Indian food.

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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