Coffee Bean is the Seed of a Cherry

The coffee bean is actually the seed of a fruit referred to as a cherry. The fruit has an outer skin, mucilage, parchment skin, silver skin, and two beans at the center. When the cherry turns a dark red they are ready to be harvested, then they’re dried, processed and shipped off. Planting Coffee The […]

Nourse Farms: Growing Plants from Bits and Pieces

Tim Nourse has owned Nourse Farms since 1968, and together with his wife Mary and son Nate, they have grown the operation into what it is today. In 1980 Tim created a state of the art tissue culture lab and micropropagation facility at the farm, which allowed the Nourses to produce the base material on site, as […]

First Peach Orchard Established in Florida in 1865

August is National Peach Month! There are over 700 varieties of peaches, and they date back as early as 79 A.D. where they are mentioned in literature. In 1865, the first peach orchard was established in Florida, and now peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in the United States. California produces more than […]

Sugarcane Plants Produce 80% of World’s Sugar Supply

Sugarcane is originally native to warm tropical regions in Asia, but once early civilizations found out about it, it spread quickly. It was originally domesticated around 8000 BC before slowly moving east until it reached India. The plant became popular in Europe during the Crusades and was imported from the Middle East. Lands in the […]

Pigs Among First Domesticated Animals

Pigs were among the first of all animals to be domesticated about 6,000 years ago. The Chinese were the first to raise pigs for food, and bacon is one of the oldest processed meats in history. Pigs were introduced to the New World in 1539 by a Spanish explorer named Hernando DeSoto. Colonists in Pennsylvania […]

Most pecans grown come from the U.S.

80%-95% of the pecans grown in the world come from the United States. The best soil for growing pecans is in river bottom floodplains. There are over 1,000 different types of pecans and they come in a variety of sizes. The United States has an annual crop of 150-200 thousand tons of pecans harvested from […]

Wheat First Planted in 1777 as Hobby Crop

Wheat originated in the Tigris and Euphrates river valley near what is now known as Iraq. It was first planted in the United States in 1777 as a hobby crop. The crop is now grown in 42 states in the United States and is the primary grain used in U.S. grain products. One acre of […]

9% of Milk Produced Makes Ice Cream

In 1984, July was declared National Ice Cream Month. An early form of the sweet treat was brought to Europe in the 1300s. From there, it was introduced in America in the 1700s as a delicacy that was enjoyed by high society. The first ice cream plant opened in 1851. In the United States, California […]

Green Beans Third Most Popular Vegetable in Home Gardens

In home gardens, green beans are the third most commonly grown vegetable in the United States, outranked by tomatoes and peppers. They thrive in nearly all areas of the country and can produce an abundant crop in around 50 days.  The green bean was domesticated in ancient times. It originates in Central and South America, […]

Hot Dogs Consumed in U.S. on 4th of July

Every year, 150,000,000 hot dogs are consumed in the United States on the 4th of July While much has changed in America since the Declaration of Independence, one thing sure hasn’t – our celebration of independence. Complete with cookouts, fireworks, and spending time with friends and family, the entire day if filled with activity. Every […]

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