Today I learned about Guerrilla Grafting. It's the illegal process of turning city maintained sterile fruit trees into fruiting trees by splicing compatible branches onto the sterile trees with branches from fruiting trees. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
There was a mysterious disease that existed in Guam. It was the leading cause of adult death between 1945 & 1956. Fruit bats were part of the local diet at the time & became extinct as a result of over hunting. A decline in fruit bat consumption led to a decline in incidence of the disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyt…
Today I learned of "fruit walls". Used before greenhouses, fruit walls stored the heat from the sun and released it at night which created a microclimate that could increase the surrounding temperature by more than 10Β°C (18Β°F). lowtechmagazine.com/2015/…
Fruit Flies come from INSIDE your fruit as larvae that hatch and become the fly as the fruit on the counter ripens. kuow.org/stories/there-ar…
The rainbow lorikeet is a colorful species of parrot native to the forests of eastern Australia. Reportedly, they love showering and sometimes sleep upside down. As intelligent birds, they get easily bored and love to play with noisy toys. When they eat fermented fruit, they can get quite drunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Kool Aid used to be called Fruit Smack, and that Kool Aid actually thrives during the Great Depression, unlike other businesses at the time kool-aiddays.com/history/
Juicy Fruit gum has been produced since 1893. It used be plant based (chicle plant) but has been made from sythetic rubber since the 1960s. The flavor mix is a secret but one of the main ingredients is peach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
Bananas can ripen avocados. Ripe bananas contain a natural plant hormone called ethylene, which triggers ripening in mature fruit. If both are placed in a paper bag, the paper bag traps the ethylene gas that’s produced by the fruit and speeds up the ripening process. thekitchn.com/smart-tip-t…
The citric acid used as a preservative in many foods and beverages is not from citrus fruits, but from black mold. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
American president Zachary Taylor (in office 1849-50) fell ill and died after consuming copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk, while attending 4th of July celebrations during a fund-raising event at the Washington Monument then under construction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac…
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster eats yeasts that grow on rotting fruit, which can contain up to 6% alcohol. By consuming alcohol, the fruit fly kills wasp larvae that have hatched inside its body which would otherwise eat the fruit fly from the inside out. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Some fruits like pineapple, papaya, and mango can't be used fresh in Jello because they contain enzymes called proteases, which break down collagen proteins and prevent gelatin from setting. Cooking the fruit first inactivates the enzymes. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The British used to call mainland Europe "The Continent." As more continental European tourists travel to England and the Americas, they push for a breakfast of pastry, fruit, and coffee they normally eat. That is why hotels serve a "Continental Breakfast." Also because it's cheap. craves.everybodyshops.com…
Dragon fruit while popular in SE Asia is a cactus native to Mexico mexiconewsnetwork.com/en/…
The use of hops was unknown to Ancient Egyptians as was the process of carbonation. To a modern-day beer drinker, an Egyptian brew would taste more like a fruit drink ancient.eu/article/1033/b…
The cashew "apple" is a light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp can be processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or distilled into liquor. The cashew β€œnut” is the seed of the fruit. The shell of the cashew seed is used for lubricants, waterproofing, paints and arms production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Strawberries top the 'Dirty Dozen' list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides time.com/5234787/dirty-do…
Entertainer Liberace was awarded Β£8,000 when he won a lawsuit against a British journalist who had described him as 'fruit flavoured'. It was at the time the largest libel settlement in British legal history. Liberace denied he was gay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
When mangoes were first imported to the Americas in the 17th century, they had to be pickled because of lack of refrigeration. Other fruits were also pickled and came to be called "mangoes", especially bell peppers, and in the 18th century, the word "mango" became a verb meaning "to pickle." w.wiki/R2w
The reason we refer to people as redheads instead of more accurately as β€œorangeheads” is because both the fruit and the word to describe its color doesn’t enter the English language until the 1300’s. quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
21 USC Β§331(b), 333, 343 & 21 CFR Β§150.160(b)(2) make it a federal crime to sell jam made from a combination of more than five fruits. law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/…
Fruit Flies lay their eggs on the skin of fruit, and often start to burrow inside your fruit as it ripens time.com/3506808/how-to-g…
The Kiwi fruit is not from New Zealand, it’s from China. It was the New Zealand farmers who named it Kiwi fruit so they could market it. themalestrom.com/intervie…
The fruit fly species drosophila bifurca’s sperm is 5.8cm long, over twenty times its body length wikipedia.org/wiki/Drosop…
Essentially all penicillin produced after 1943 originated with a mold sample found on a cantaloupe in Peoria, Illinois. The moldy part was cut off and cultured and the lab technicians ate the rest of the fruit. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
Medieval plague doctors were often times not even doctors at all, but rather second rate physicians hired to simply keep death records, or in one case, a former fruit salesman. historydollop.com/2015/03…
Berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower. This means that pineapples, bananas, watermelon, pumpkins, and avocados are berries. stanfordmag.org/contents/…
The clementine is a random cross between mandarin oranges and sweet oranges discovered at an orphanage in Algeria. Father Marie-Clement Rodiers found the new fruit growing in his orphanage’s garden in the late 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Corn is a grain, a vegetable and a fruit healthline.com/health/foo…
The way to tell the difference between a blackberry and a black raspberry is whether or not the stem sticks to the fruit or the root system when plucked! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
, that only female papaya trees give fruit but they need male flowers to pollinate them. nda.agric.za/docs/papaya/…
Flies, particularly fruit flies, are more attracted to vinegar. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Peanuts are a fruit, and the only fruit that grows underground (root fruit!) sciencing.com/fruits-vege…
Today I learned about the Black Sapote or Chocolate Pudding Fruit. When ripe, the fruit has the texture and taste of chocolate, and can be used as a substitute in recipes or milkshakes. It also contains 4 times as much vitamin C as an orange. messynessychic.com/2014/0…
The coconut is classified as a drupe, or a dry drupe. Under loose definitions, coconut can also be considered a fruit, a nut, and a seed. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
The state of California produces half of the fruit and vegetables consumed in the US, as well as 99% of artichokes and walnuts and 95% of garlic. latimes.com/food/dailydis…
Drinking OJ after brushing your teeth tastes bad because of a foaming ingredient in toothpaste which blocks your ability to taste sweetness, and you're left with the pure acidity and bitterness of the fruit. colgate.com/en-us/oral-he…
Sexually frustrated fruit flies drown their sorrow in booze, while 'satisfied' males prefer non-alcoholic nourishment sciencemag.org/news/2012/…
Before the advent of modern toilet paper many different materials were used for the same purposes. Different materials were used depending upon the country, weather, customs and status. People used leaves, grass, ferns, corn cobs, maize, fruit skins, seashells, stone, sand, moss, snow and water. toiletpaperhistory.net/to…
Rose plants bear fruit. healthline.com/nutrition/…
George Bush loved the Indian Alphonso Mango so much that in 2007 a trade deal enabled Harley imports to into India in exchange for the fruit theatlantic.com/science/a…
The 2020 US quarter featuring American Samoa features a fruit bat. abcnews.go.com/US/1st-ame…
The word "Apple" didn't always refer to the specific fruit. As late as the 17th century the word was used for all fruits that weren't berries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans meet the minimum daily fruit recommendation. healthline.com/nutrition/…
Jujube candies, a theater favorite, were invented in the early 18th century (1709 AD) - and are named after the date like Jujube fruit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juj…
Wrigley Juicy Fruit chewing gum has been around since 1893 and that its vague flavor actually is based on fruit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
Oranges are not actually fruit that was found in the nature but a hybrid between pomelo and mandarin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora…
The fruit, orange, was named before the color, which was commonly referred to as β€œyellow-red.” Hence why people with orange hair are called β€œredheads” and not β€œorangeheads.” mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned of Masaniello, an ordinary fisherman in Naples, who in 1647, organized a revolt against the government in a single day over a newly imposed fruit tax, and was declared by the people and Duke himself as β€œcaptain-general” of Naples... only to be assassinated 9 days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
A company in Tokyo decided to make their HQ into a vertical farm. They gave up 43,000 square feet of space to grow food. 200 species of fruits and vegetables are harvested and served to employees. There is a 1000-square-ft rice paddy in the entryway. faircompanies.com/videos/…
In 2017 Glastonbury Festival had to add pineapples to their list of contraband following the success of Glass Animals and their song Pork Soda, which contained the lyric "Pineapples are in my head" and caused fans to bring the fruit to live performances en masse bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-eng…
Orange peels are rich in several nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, and plant compounds like polyphenols. In fact, just 1 tbsp (6g) of orange peel provides 14% of the Daily Value of vitamin C β€” nearly 3 times more than the inner fruit. The same serving also packs about 4x more fiber healthline.com/nutrition/…
There was no mention of Apple as the Forbidden Fruit. Possible fruits include apple, grape, pomegranate, fig, carob, etrog or citron, pear, and mushrooms. There was a misunderstanding of – or a pun on – mΔƒlum, a native Latin noun which means evil and mālum, borrowed from Greek μῆλον or apple. wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbid…
Red kiwi fruit have been spawned i.stuff.co.nz/business/fa…
, a loofah is the fruit of two edible gourd species. It is very fibrous when ripe but perfectly edible when young. The edible version is called a luffa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luf…
Strawberries are the only fruit that do not continue to ripen after they are picked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
In Japanese, η·‘ (green) was taught to be a shade of 青 (blue) until the occupation of Japan in WW2. Japanese people still regularly use 青 to describe traffic lights and unripe fruit empiricalzeal.com/2012/06…
There is a plane that flies above Los Angeles every single day releasing thousands of sterile fruit flies from 2,000ft in the air to combat the invasive Mediterranean Fruit Fly. Up to 125,000 flies per square mile are released each week in what’s called β€œbiological birth control” cdfa.ca.gov/plant/PDEP/pr…
Jackfruit is one of the biggest food trends among vegetarians, vegans and even meat lovers. While it is technically a fruit, its consistency is similar to that of chicken or pork today.com/food/what-jackf…
Jams are made from actual fruit, jellies are made from fruit juice. Preserves have chunks of fruit, conserves have dried fruit or nuts, and marmalades have peel and pulp. thekitchn.com/whats-the-d…
Black lemurs are native to the forests of northwestern Madagascar. They primarily eat fruit, but they also have developed a habit of mildly biting into toxic millipedes whose glandular secretions cause the lemurs to get high and salivate. When applied to their fur, the toxins wards off insects. nationalgeographic.com/an…
It is well documented that for centuries, Koreans ate much more food than their Asian neighbors. A 19th century visitor wrote: "When it comes to serving fruits, for example with large peaches, even a person with the most restraint eats around ten; it is not uncommon to see a person eating 30". atlasobscura.com/articles…
Italian herbalist Pietro Andrae Matthioli declared the red tomato as a mandrake, a halogenic poisonous planet root long associated with sexual desires, hallucinations and temptation because the tomato was similar looking to nightshade, an actual poisonous fruit. foodandwine.com/lifestyle…
Today I learned about Fruitarianism, where people only eat fruits and seeds, typically due to having ethical issues even killing plants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fru…
In recent years, fruits like avocados have been lasting way longer in the fridge (severs weeks vs days) because there’s an invisible plant based coating applied by a company called Apeel Sciences delish.com/food-news/a291…
Banana trees aren’t trees but are actually the largest herb. As well as the bananas are actually berries not fruit thedailymeal.com/cook/ban…
Today I learned about Moroccan tree climbing goats. Argan trees produce a fruit that looks like a shriveled olive and ripens each year around June. The resourceful goats crave the bitter taste and aroma, climbing up to 30 feet above ground to get the fruit. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
Bananas and Tomatoes are technically berries whilst Strawberries and Raspberries are not. This is because the technical classification of a berry is any fruit derived from a single flower with one ovary, and both raspberries and strawberries stem from flowers with more than one ovary. stanfordmag.org/contents/…
Canada developed gay detector called the "fruit machine" and was employed in the 1950s and 1960s during a campaign to eliminate all gay men from the civil service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fru…
Some butterflies can convert sugars from overripe fruits into ethanol, making them drunk. They fly funny and some can even be picked up. bbc.com/earth/story/20141…
Fruit flies were the first animal launched into space because they are genetically similar to humans and the space station has an aquarium for observation of fish in space. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
Loofah Sponges are the interior of a gourd native to South East Asia. The young fruit is often grown as a food crop, and when the gourds mature, they get a hard fibrous interior which are often sold as cleaning sponges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luf…
Vanilla is produced from a species of orchid, it's the only fruit bearing orchid in the world. sbs.com.au/food/article/2…
There is a type of tree that produces 40 types of fruits a year. The β€˜Tree of 40 Fruit’ are fruit trees created using the technique of grafting, as an intersection of art, farming, and preservation and each tree produces an incredible harvest of all kinds of stone fruits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Olives are essentially inedible when picked. It takes an extensive curing process for them to become edible, with no history of how an inedible fruit became such a popular fruit. delallo.com/blog/olives-n…
An Egg Producer In Japan Developed a Feed That Makes Eggs Smell & Taste Like Yuzu Fruit. soranews24.com/2015/02/20…
The gerenuk or giraffe gazelle (Litocranius walleri) is a long-necked antelope found in arid areas of eastern Africa. Primarily a browser, gerenuks forage on leaves and fruits, sometimes even standing on their hind legs and elongating their necks to feed. Male gerenuks have lyre-shaped horns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The emerald toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus) is a colorful bird with a large bill which it uses for eating fruits. Native to Central America, it is common in humid forests, mainly at higher elevations. When moving around in groups, they play "follow-the-leader" while foraging and for safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
Fruit fly sperm is 2000 times longer than whale sperm phys.org/news/2015-11-siz…
Dr. Shawn Baker, a California-based orthopedic surgeon, promotes the carnivore diet, where one eat animal products only. So, no vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, or any starches self.com/story/im-a-regis…
Oranges aren't naturally occurring fruits. telegraph.co.uk/men/the-f…
The red-whiskered bulbul is native to tropical parts of Asia, but the bird has also established itself on other continents including many Pacific islands. In Florida they feed on fruits and berries of as many as 24 exotic fruit plants including loquat aiding in its dispersal and propagation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Green olives and black olives are the same fruit, the green ones being picked before ripening and black ones let to ripen on the tree. huffpost.com/entry/green-…
Today I learned about Ackee, a fruit native to tropical W. Africa and imported to Jamaica in 1773. Its use in food is prominent in the Caribbean, and is Jamaica's national fruit. It has a reputation of being poisonous, but the fruit's arils are renowned as "delicious" when ripe, prepared properly, and cooked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ack…
The fruit Monstera Deliciosa causes severe throat and skin irritation due to oxalic acid (aka rust cleaner!) unless 100% ripe. Once the green outer scales fall off it's safe to eat and tastes like a mix of pineapple, banana and coconut. The scientific name literally means Delicious Monster. atlasobscura.com/foods/mo…
Durian was banned on hotel and public transport. Despite its stinky smell, Malaysian people love it and have the highest consumption of 11Kg/pax/year (<0.1 kg for US). Musang King is the best durian variety with a hefty price of 20-30 USD per fruit, highly demanded and you can see a long queue youtu.be/cZCKFmDs_VI
:Certain nuts like chestnuts and hazlenuts are technically fruits. Unlike most of the other nuts which are considered seeds. healthline.com/nutrition/…
When Billie Holiday would perform β€œStrange Fruit” at gigs, the club owner would order the waiters to stop serving, and the room would be in complete darkness except for a single spotlight on her face. It would close her act and there would be no encore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
It is possible to graft multiple fruit onto one tree, with a notable example being the "Tree of 40 Fruit" created by artist Sam Van Aken which produced 40 types of stone fruit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Orange, the fruit got named first before the color. The earliest recorded use of orange the fruit in English is from the 1300s. Before then, linguists believe people generally referred to orange as "yellow-red," Δ‘eolurΔ“ad in Old English. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Up until the tail-end of the 18th century, tomatoes were considered poisonous, and nicknamed the β€œpoisonous apple.” It wasn’t until 1820, when Colonel Robert Johnson ate an entire basket of the fruit, that those myths were proven false tomatoandhealth.com/index…
While the banana is a fruit, banana "trees" are actually one of the world largest herbs! They are also distantly related to ginger. pbs.org/newshour/nation/8…
In the first 30 minutes of a fruit fly's life, they will try to copulate with any other fly, male or female. After a while, they learn to recognise the smell of virgin females, and focus on them. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The red-crested turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus), the national bird of Angola, is one of the more colorful birds in its genus, and its call sounds somewhat like a jungle monkey. Turacos are found in large flocks and feed on fruits. Interestingly, all flock members help new moms with "childcare." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned of the durian, an Asian fruit. Depending on their genetics, people perceive the fruit as either sweet and delicious, while others find is nauseating. One writer described it as smelling like "pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dur…
Male fruit flies seek out alcohol when sexually rejected ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 1966, the night Yoko Ono met John Lennon, he ate fruit from one of her artpieces moma.org/audio/playlist/1…
Researchers found that bacteria release large quantities of hydrogen peroxide, weakening the immune system. One of the best known substances with the ability to neutralize hydrogen peroxide and that could hence boost anti-bacterial immunity are vitamins such as vitamin C, found in fruits. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Bananas have no seeds as they are a sterile hybrid between two species (Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana), and the production of seeds is not necessary to get the fruit. As the plant can only reproduce through cloning, all the bananas in a package are usually clones of the same banana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
"Banana Republic" was coined as a political term referring to a country(s) (Honduras and neighbors) that were exploited by a corporation (United Fruit Co.) for specific exports (yes, bananas). It is typically ruled by plutocracy and has a large poor working class that is also exploited. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…

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