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.
It takes about 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate, although some types of chocolate require even more than that.
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.
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.
Kumquats are one of the highest fruit sources of calcium. They are also rich in fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Peanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, a component used to make the explosive liquid nitroglycerine, which is a key ingredient in dynamite.
The average American consumes about 3000 calories during the Thanksgiving meal.
In 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. More recently, in 2015, astronauts on the International Space Station ate red romaine lettuce grown in space.
Americans are consuming five times as much food dye today as they did in 1955. Artificial colors Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 are the most widely used food dyes.
Cranberries bounce when they’re ripe. Many cranberry farmers today use a machine that simulates bouncing to sort out the freshest cranberries.