Based in an old Hershey's factory, Canopy Growth Company in Canada is the world’s biggest medical cannabis cultivator cannabisbusinesstimes.com…
Iran is the world's largest cultivator of pistachios, at 472,097 metric tons, outpacing the US by more than two times. It also has more than 75% of the global pistachio cultivation area. om.ciheam.org/om/pdf/a94/…
2000 year-old seeds were discovered in Israel around 1965 and were held in storage for the next 40 years. After they were planted, a tree that has been extinct for 1800 years and has seeds that are larger than those of both modern cultivated date palms and wild plants sprouted theguardian.com/environme…
The pineapple is indigenous to South America and has been cultivated there for centuries. In the wild, pineapples are pollinated primarily by hummingbirds but certain wild pineapples are foraged and pollinated at night by bats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Today I learned about Nikolai Vavilov who, obsessed with ending famine, created the world's largest collection of plant seeds, advancing the genetic study of cultivated plants. He faced anti-Mendelian forces during the Stalin era, leading to arrest in 1940. Ironically, he died in captivity, by starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
In the 18th century, the King of Denmark-Norway ordered clergy to walk the lands as "potato priests" to promote the cultivation of potatoes by the peasants. The campaign was a success and the potato became "more important than the constitution". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
The World Mosquito Project scientists cultivate and release mosquitoes infected with a bacterium called Wolbachia. The bacterium is passed down to future generations. The bacterium appears to block mosquitos from transmitting arboviruses (dengue, chikungunya & yellow fever) & Zika npr.org/sections/goatsand…
I learned about the Trans-Atlantic Accent which was cultivated Hollywood in the 1920's-40's to blend prestigious American and British accents for broader appeal, which is why people sound so different in older tv, films and radio back then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
Broccoli was first cultivated in ancient Roman times and its name is derived from the Latin word brachium, meaning β€œstrong arm or branch”. Roman farmers called it the β€œfive (green) fingers of Jupiter” because of its curative and preventative properties. garden.lovetoknow.com/wik…
Today I learned of the Black Diamond Apple- a rare breed of apple with dark purple, almost black appearing skin. It is cultivated in Tibet, and its color is the result of the region's high altitudes. odditycentral.com/foods/b…
The common cultivated strawberry does not occur in nature. It is a hybrid of the Virginia wild strawberry and the Chilean beach strawberry, invented in France in the 18th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
About the chilli pepper institute, the only non-profit organisation dedicated to chilli plants. They monitor their harvest, breed and cultivate chilli peppers cpi.nmsu.edu
Graphene is thinner than a human hair and stronger than steel. Completely clear, and flexible. If there was an easy way to cultivate it, it could change the manufacturing of so many products. graphenea.com/pages/graph…
There are over 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The destruction wrought by Genghis Khan led to about 700 million tons of carbon being removed from the atmosphere thanks to previously cultivated land becoming depopulated and forested - equivalent to a year of global demand for petrol today. carnegiescience.edu/news/…
Russia, using earthworks and cultivation techniques (and with little glass), pioneered growing citrus trees, known for incredible frost sensitivity, in temperatures down to -30C / -22F. Annual national production of citrus reached almost half a billion pounds in 1950. lowtechmagazine.com/2020/…
Only two varieties of pineapple are still cultivated: Smooth Cayenne and Jamaica Queen bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Just 3 countries, the United States, Canada, and Chile, account for 98% of the world production of cranberries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Tim Wong made the first and only successful attempt at singlehandedly repopulating the extremely rare pipevine swallowtail butterfly in San Francisco. In seven years, he cultivated more than 200 pipevine plants (sole food source) and donates thousands of caterpillars to the Botanical Gardens. returntonow.net/2019/04/2…
Bananas can not reproduce. They have no seeds and are entirely reliant on the farmer to cultivate them. thespruce.com/do-bananas-…
"Granny Smith" namesake of the apple, was a real person. Maria Ann "Granny" Smith first cultivated her famous apple tree after throwing away tazmanian crabapples' seeds and cores while baking a pie, and taking care of the tree that sprouted as a result en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Though Madagascar now produces 80% of the world’s vanilla, the vine is native to Mexico. The Maya were the first to cultivate it in the jungles of the Yucatan peninsular. They flavoured their chocolate drink with the spice. 1843magazine.com/features…
'mana' is the spiritual life force energy or healing power that permeates the universe, in the culture of the Melanesians and Polynesians. Anyone or thing can have Mana. It is a cultivation or possession of energy and power, rather than being a source of power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The underground quarries of Paris, which house the city’s catacombs, were once used as a mushroom farm, as they allowed better cultivation all year round. By 1880, up to 300 mushroom farmers produced more than 1000 tons each year. francetoday.com/culture/m…
Sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus) root, also called Jersualem artichokes or Sunchokes, are native to North America. Native Americans were first to cultivate sunflower roots for food. Resists cold, drought, wind. The roots contain inulin, which is firmly established to decrease blood cholesterol. epdf.pub/biology-and-chem…
Japanese scientists had cultivated enough CowPox to infect all the people in the United States and were ready to deploy it via ocean crossing balloons which had already delivered bombs but Emperor Hirohito did not permit it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-…
Safflower, which has long been cultivated for food by humans, was sometimes also referred to as "bastard saffron" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
Pineapples were so rare a sight in the 1700's they were a symbol of wealth. The few that were cultivated in hothouses were worth about five thousand pounds ($8000) each. They weren't eaten, but were rented out by the aristocracy as a table centerpiece at dinner parties. thespruceeats.com/history…
The scientific name of rice is Oryza sativa, and it is not related to Cannabis sativa. Sativa, sativus, and sativum are Latin botanical adjectives meaning cultivated often associated botanically with plants that promote good health and used to designate certain seed-grown domestic crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ory…
"mad honey" is cultivated in Turkey - honey made from nectar from rhododendron flowers. Small doses cause hallucinations, large doses bring seizures and death. It is used as medicine by Turkish villagers, who drink it in milk with breakfast and believe it increases sexual potency interestingengineering.co…
Today I learned of Antoine Parmentier. A French scientist who was forced to eat potatoes while in prison. At the time cultivating potatoes was actually illegal in France. He spent the rest of his life convincing people to eat potatoes. youtu.be/LMlxBK5xFbY
Today I learned of the Pomelo, one of the original citrus species from which the rest of cultivated citrus' have been hybridized, such as today's oranges and grapefruit, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
The Dragon’s Breath, the world’s second hottest pepper, was developed for its essential oil having potential as a skin anaesthetic, and later cultivated by a breeder who had not planned to breed the chili for record heat, but rather was trying to grow an attractive pepper plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Before 1748 potatoes were considered hogs feed by French and the French Parlement banned cultivations as they thought potato plantations causes of leprosy. Antoine Parmentier a pharmacist changed all that through research and pioneering for potatoes to be accepted. geriwalton.com/man-who-ma…
The Confederate states tried to win British recognition by leveraging the importance of their cotton crop to Britain, but this failed as Albanian-ruled Egypt, inspired by Napoleon, had cultivated enough cotton to fill the gap. This cotton wealth kept them in power even during British invasions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The native, undomesticated variety of the avocado is known as a criollo, it's small, has dark black skin, contains a large seed. It probably coevolved with extinct megafauna. The avocado tree has a long history of cultivation in Central and South America, likely beginning as early as 5,000 BCE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avo…
Celery was a very popular food in the 1800s through early 1900s. It was the third most popular menu ingredient in New York City restaurants, behind coffee and tea. Celery cost more than caviar because it was so hard to cultivate in those days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel…
Avocados depended on megafaunas to disperse its seeds. However, when the megafaunas became extinct, avocados survived primarily due to human cultivation. theplate.nationalgeograph…
In the early 20th century, American aristocrats and actors spoke the Mid-Atlantic Accent, a cultivated accent of English blending together prestigious American and British English ways of speaking. Example: The "a" in father is unrounded and lengthened, the vowel /i/ in happy is not tensed, wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-At…
Huckleberries are only found in the wild, commercial cultivation never seems to work. findingdulcinea.com/featu…
Some skeletons found of now extinct species of sloth suggest some varieties used to be as large as elephants. The Megatherium being one of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
Spanish style-bullfighting involves killing the bull in the 3rd Act en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Potatoes contain toxic compounds known as glycoalkaloids, of which the most prevalent are solanine and chaconine. Glycoalkaloid poisoning may cause headaches, diarrhea, cramps, and, in severe cases, coma and death. However, poisoning from cultivated potato varieties is very rare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Carrots are orange for political reasons. In the 17th century, Dutch growers cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange. Before this, they were mostly yellow, white or purple. tested.com/science/43812-…
There are 4 million square miles of fertile land in Africa that can't be cultivated because tsetse flies keep killing farm animals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tse…
Different elements of a single plant type - Brassica oleracea, or wild cabbage - have been selectively cultivated to give kale, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Chinese broccoli and collard greens. botanistinthekitchen.blog…
The ginkgo tree, an incredibly popular tree planted in cities worldwide, is the last remaining member of its phyla and would be extinct today if not cultivated by Buddhist monks for centuries ucmp.berkeley.edu/seedpla…
Bonsai is not a tree species, but is a Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to create small trees that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. bonsaiempire.com/origin
Huckleberry bushes only grow fruit in the Wild and all attempts to Cultivate a berry producing plant from seed have failed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huc…
Sesame is a desert plant and is extremely drought tolerant. Its seeds are commercially cultivated almost solely in desert areas. westcoastseeds.com/blogs/…
Leafcutter ant cultivates its own food (a certain type of fungus) enchantedlearning.com/sub…
Built on the site of a pre-Columbian town, Xochimilco is famous for its floating gardens. Locals constructed branch and reed rafts on the lake, covered them with mud from the bottom of the lake, and cultivated fruits, vegetables, and flowers, which they shipped to Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) britannica.com/place/Xoch…

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