Fun Facts

Chestnut production in the U.S.

November 5, 2019

Fun Fact! The U.S. is one of the few nations in the world capable of growing chestnuts, yet U.S. chestnut production is less than 1% of the total world production. The U.S. imported 3,200 metric tons of chestnuts in 2017.

Shaking the tree

October 29, 2019

Fun Fact! Mulberries are harvested by physically shaking the tree to obtain the fruit.

Pawpaw nutrients versus other fruit nutrients

October 23, 2019

Fun Fact! Compared to bananas, pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is higher in vitamin C and niacin. Compared to apples, bananas, and oranges, pawpaws are higher in calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese. The fruit also has more essential amino acids than apples.

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.