Figs are Pollinated by Wasps

Did you know that figs are inverted flowers? The flower blooms on the inside of the pear-shaped pod and turns into fruit. Each flower produces one-seeded, hard-shelled fruit called an achene. Each fig is made of multiple achene. Areas with full sunlight, warm temperatures, and well-draining soils are ideal for this fruit. In these conditions, […]

10 Paw-some Facts about Dogs

As man’s best friend, it’s easy to see why dogs are among the most popular pets. But before humans kept these cuddly creatures for pets, dogs were (and still are) used in agriculture. They are used for herding, protection, and pest control. Learn more paw-some facts about dogs. Written by Abigail Tomalewski, Marketing Assistant Want […]

Grapes were cultivated over 7,000 years ago

Botanically from the berry family, grapes are grown for fresh consumption and dried fruit (like raisins) or are processed into jams, jellies, juice and wine. Grapes leaves are also used many dishes. Find out how these berries are grown and more grape facts: Grapes were cultivated over 7,000 years ago near present-day Iran. Spanish friars […]

Aquaculture Facts

Aquaculture is the farming of fish, crustaceans, aquatic plants, and more to produce food and other commercial products, as well as replenish wild stocks and rebuild populations of threatened and endangered species. It’s an environmentally responsible source of food and products. Over half of the seafood eaten worldwide come from Aquaculture. Fish farming supplies most […]

15 facts about Winter Squash

What is winter squash, you might ask? There are two types of squash: summer and winter. Green and yellow zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan, crookneck, zephyr, and cousa are all popular types of summer squash. Acorn, autumn cup, banana, butternut, delicata, and spaghetti are all popular types of winter squash. Unlike summer squash, winter squash is […]

14 Ag Facts about Lemons & Limes

Lemon and lime juice are a classic ingredient in many dessert and savory recipes. These fruits can be used fresh, preserved, or used to enhance many fish, poultry, and vegetables dishes. Between the years 1000 and 1200 CE, the lemon was introduced into Spain and North Africa. The Crusaders, who found it growing in Palestine, […]

15 Tennessee Facts

Tennessee is the Volunteer State. Perhaps it might be known best for its country music, or the stunning views provided by the Appalachian Foothills. But there’s much more to the state. Did you know that 80% of Tennessee’s land is used for agricultural purposes? Agriculture has a large part to play in the welfare of […]

14 Nutty Peanut Facts

Peanuts have existed for centuries and have become a classic snack at baseball games and other events. Americans enjoy them so much that they are the #1 snack nut consumed in the United States. That’s a lot of nuts! Other products, like peanut butter, are also a favorite in school lunches. Did you know that, […]

Most Pistachios Produced in the U.S. Come from California

Did you know your favorite nut isn’t actually a nut? Pistachios are a seed from a red or yellow plum-like fruit. However, since they look like nuts, most people call them nuts. The United States provides about 24% of the world’s pistachios, making the country the second largest producer and exporter behind Iran. About 99% […]

15 Interesting Facts about Broccoli

When someone tells you to eat more greens, you probably think of broccoli. Broccoli is a popular vegetable that can be consumed both raw and cooked. Broccoli ranks in the top 20 foods regarding the ANDI score (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index). The vegetable is a great source of vitamin C, A and K, fiber, folate, […]

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