Today I learned about 'Botanical Sexism', a process by which urban landscapers, in an effort to keep streets clear of seeds & flowers, plant only male trees. The male trees lack the seeds of their female counterparts & as the trees get bigger, their pollen counts increases which can worsen seasonal allergies. earth.com/news/botanical-…
In WWII , scientists at the Vavilov Institute of Plant protected the seeds from the threats of cold, hungry residents of the besieged city, rats, and their own hunger. 28 of the botanists died of starvation, protecting their collection Today invaluably stored at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault theconversation.com/the-t…
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
Eye of Newt was just another name for mustard seed. people.howstuffworks.com/…
Asparagus takes 3 years to grow from seed to harvest. gardeners.com/how-to/grow…
Sokushinbutsu is the practice of Buddhist monks self-mummifying while still alive. They'd spend years preparing by relying on a diet of pine needles, resins & seeds, which eliminates bodyfat. After starving, the monks would stop drinking, which dehydrated & shrank their organs, leading to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sok…
Before Cliven Bundy went to prison for his armed standoff against the government, he was partially responsible for keeping alive a strain of ancient crookneck watermelon who's seeds were found hidden in a cave in Arizona in the 1920s. rareseeds.com/blog/post/a…
The Shepherd's Purse plant is considered a protocarnivore. The seeds of the plant attract and kill worms, which then decay and enrich the surrounding soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Apples do not reproduce true to type, meaning that the tree from the seed will produce apples that are almost certain to be different than the parent. Unless you pollinate the tree by hand, there is no way to know who the other parent is, considering bees could have used almost every other tree thespruce.com/can-you-gro…
During the American Civil War coffee became so scarce and expensive in the South that okra seeds were used as a replacement. Apparently the taste is almost identical to coffee. blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwa…
Bananas can not reproduce. They have no seeds and are entirely reliant on the farmer to cultivate them. thespruce.com/do-bananas-…
The kangaroo rat does not need to drink water to survive. Instead, they rely heavily on the water metabolized from the seeds they eat. desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/…
An adult person could die from eating 4-8 raw castor seeds because of a toxin known as Ricin which is 6000 times more poisonous than Cyanide. webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ing…
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…
The world's fastest land animal relative to its size is Paratarsotomus macropalpis, a sesame-seed-sized mite native to southern California. Scientists recently clocked P. micropalpis traveling 322 body lengths per second – which, to scale, would be like a person running 1,300 miles per hour. io9.gizmodo.com/the-faste…
Capsaicin, the substance that makes peppers spicy, is found primarily in the white membrane in the pepper; the seeds do not contain any capsaicin thespruceeats.com/what-is…
"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…
In 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people eat and sell human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Today I learned of Evolutionary Anachronism which are attributes that emerge from selection in the past due to coevolution with other biological species that have since become extinct. For example, avocado seeds are too large to be dispersed by any wild animal presently alive in the Americas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Most limes don't have seeds, so in order to reproduce, part of the lime tree must be grafted onto another tree, essentially cloning it mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Cilantro and Coriander come from the same plant. Cilantro is the leaves, and Coriander is the seeds. freep.com/story/life/food…
Velcro is the name brand of Hook and Loop Fastener. It was invented in the 40s by a Swiss engineer and patterned after cockleburrs, burdock seeds that would stick to his pants and in his dog's fur. He looked at them under a microscope and was inspired to recreate it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Neonics pesticides introduced to plants at the seed stage act like an appetite suppressant for birds, making them lose weight within hours. nationalgeographic.com/en…
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…
During the siege of Leningrad, a group of Russian botanists holed up in a secret vault starved to death rather than consume the greatest collection of seeds they were guarding for a post-apocalyptic world. rbth.com/blogs/2014/05/12…
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…
Tumbleweeds aren’t just dead plants rolling around aimlessly. They also have a strategy; to disperse their seeds, shaking loose thousands of them as they roll. pbs.org/newshour/science/…
2000 year old date seeds that were found in a historic mountainside fortress were planted in 2005 and sprouted a sapling nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Hummingbirds build their nests with dandelion seeds and spiderweb. dupageforest.org/blog/hum…
The first proper banks would have sprung up in ancient Mesopotamia. There's evidence that there were temples and palaces throughout Babylonia and other cities which provided lending activities. Although, a lot of this was not in the form of financial lending. Instead, banks would lend out seeds. worldbank.org.ro/about-ba…
Leonardo Da Vinci once conducted an experiment to understand the flow of blood through the valves of the heart, by pouring hot wax into one, making a mould of thin glass from the cast, and then pumping water mixed with seeds through it. He saw how a heart actually regulates itself. rct.uk/collection/919082/…
There's a vault that stores seeds from all over the world to preserve genetic diversity in case of a sudden catastrophy seedvault.no/how-we-work/…
After large animals went extinct, such as the mammoth, avocados had no method of seed dispersal, which would have lead to their extinction without early human farmers. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
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…
Strawberries don't actually have seeds on the outside. news.ncsu.edu/2016/05/str…
Cilantro and coriander come from the same plant, coriandum sativum . The leaves are Cilantro, the seeds are Coriander. curiouscuisiniere.com/cil…
The first method of pregnancy test dates back to 1350 BC in Egypt. The method was urinating on wheat and barley seeds. If they sprout, you had a baby. Suprisingly, studies show that this test has a accuracy of 70%. youtube.com/watch?v=aOfWT…
Today I learned of the Pineberry. Shaped like a strawberry, it is white with red seeds when ripe. Some people describe the flavor as similar to pineapple. snopes.com/fact-check/whi…
In the UK it is illegal under the Plant Variety and Seeds Act 1964 (with many amendments) for an individual or organisation to give, trade or sell seed of an older variety of wheat (or any other agricultural crop) to a third party for growing purposes, subject to a significant fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
People with an allergy to ragweed may also have an allergic reaction to bananas, cantaloupe, and sunflower seeds due to their pollens containing similar proteins. The condition is known as oral allergy syndrome and can effect anyone with a pollen allergy. acaai.org/allergies/types…
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…
In 2007, seeds were found frozen below the permafrost. Thought to have been buried by Arctic ground squirrels around 31,500 to 32,300 years ago in the Ice Age. Out of 600,000 seeds, three embryos successfully germinated into plants. Currently the oldest confirmed viable seeds on Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
'atomic gardening', where seeds are planted around a radioactive source, has resulted in hundreds of plants like the Ruby Red Grapefruit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
Elephants are a keystone species. They carve pathways through impenetrable under brush shaping entire ecosystems as they create pools in dried river beds and spread seeds as they travel. nationalgeographic.org/en…
The chia seeds used in smoothies are the same seed that’s used in Chia Pets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
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…
Farmers in Equatorial Guinea be imprisoned for 12 years for sharing Tabernanthe iboga seeds. Iboga is currently being used experimentally to treat addiction. borgenproject.org/iboga-s…
Pine cones have genders. The large cones that people usually picture are female, whereas the smaller cones are male. Male cones pollinate female cones, producing a seed from which a new tree can grow. earthrangers.com/conifero…
Honeybees, despite having the brain size of a sesame seed, can count up to four and can understand the concept of zero. nature.com/articles/d4158…
Aristotle believed the motions in the semen refer to the activated powers that shape the developing fetus; they exist in both male and female β€œseed.” The male is the moving cause of animal generation, and yet that there are also formative powers in the female semen muse.jhu.edu/article/6464…
:Certain nuts like chestnuts and hazlenuts are technically fruits. Unlike most of the other nuts which are considered seeds. healthline.com/nutrition/…
Hardwood and a softwood are terms related to seed formation. Angiosperms have and outer shell (acorn, walnut) are hardwoods. Gymnosperms without a covering are softwood. Balsa wood is one of the lightest, least dense woods there is, and it's considered a hardwood. science.howstuffworks.com…
Seeds of several basil varieties become gelatinous when soaked in water, and are used in some Asian drinks and desserts such as faluda, sharbat-e-rihan, or hα»™t Γ©. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
Today I learned of Atomic Gardening, a system in which gamma-irradiated garden seeds were distributed to common gardeners. These gardeners were then to report back with the results of growing the mutated seeds. ediblegeography.com/stran…
Today I learned about Moon Trees. Trees grown from 500 seeds taken into orbit around the Moon by Stuart Roosa, the Command Module Pilot on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. The seeds orbited the moon, but never landed. atlasobscura.com/articles…
, that Schinus therebintifolia, the Brazilian Peppertree also known as rose peppercorn, is a Category I pest classified by The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FL EPPC) and the 'species, including the seed, is legally prohibited from sale, transport, or planting in Florida'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
50% of the calories Americans consume come from nutrient-depleted, ultra-processed foods, including refined flours and industrial seed oils. A recent study indicates that US children and adults have high rates of deficiency of vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate, as well as the mineral iron kresserinstitute.com/well…
Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa carried 500 tree seeds with him to the moon. Upon the return to Earth, the seed canister burst after being exposed to a vacuum, scattering and mixing up the seeds. The seeds proved viable, giving the Forest Service more than 400 Moon Tree seedlings foresthistory.org/houston…
The sandbox tree's fruiting bodies are large capsules which can explode when ripe, splitting into segments and launching seeds at 70 metres per second (160 mph). One source states that ripe capsules catapult their seeds as far as 100 metres (330 ft). The sap is poisonous and can blind humans. youtu.be/PM5SL_Tuoqo?t=39…
Today I learned of the french dish "Ortolon Bunting". The small Ortolan bird is blinded. It then gorges itself on seed, and when it is ready, drowned and marinated live in brandy. Consumers of the dish traditionally wear hoods to hide their act from god. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Wineries in Israel are trying to recreate ancient wine, including the varities that Jesus may have drank. Researchers use techniques like DNA testing and three-dimensional scans of grape seeds found at archaeological digs to help identify these unique varieties foodandwine.com/fwx/drink…
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…
Today I learned about Andy George who spent $1,500 and 6 months making a single sandwich completely from scratch. He did absolutely everything from making his own cheese to harvesting his own wheat. He made his own salt and made his own oil. He grew sunflowers and collected their seeds to extract fat. fortune.com/2015/09/23/15…
Carrots are biennial plants. In the first year, the plant grows leaves, stems, and roots then enters a period of dormancy over the colder months. During the next spring of summer, the plant bolts; this is where the plant flowers, producing seeds before it dies. Carrots are inedible then! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bie…
Theophrastus's Enquiry into Plants was one of the most important books of natural history written in ancient times and a first using classification in the history of botany. He wrote that plants can grow spontaneously, from seed, or from vegetative parts of the plant enhttps:
Brazil nuts grow in pods that look a lot like coconuts, and are classified as seeds, not true nuts. brazilnuttree.co.uk/nuts.…
The real reason peppers are hot is to discourage mold growth, the fact that birds can't taste capsicum is secondary at best. Its NOT only about the seed dispersal. References SciShow with pictures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE_OlyBhr1A&app=desktop# and the source text below. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Some plants that relied on extinct animals to disperse their seeds now rely on rodents, who will bury them. The seeds travel further when other rodents steal them, and bury them again, and again, and again, etc. pnas.org/content/109/31/1…
Pork fat is ranked 8th among top 100 most nutritious foods, just below Swiss chard 7th, Pumpkin seeds 6th, and then Chia seeds 5th. asiaone.com/health/pork-f…
Hitting a fruit tree can make it feel threatened, spurring it to produce more or larger fruit to distribute seeds before dying. blog.chron.com/lazygarden…
The magic phrase Open Sesame in Ali Baba actually derives from how sesame seed pods pop open at maturity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
You would need to eat about 200 apple seeds, or about 20 whole apples to kill yourself. mnn.com/your-home/organic…
Contrary to popular belief, turkey does not contain an extraordinary amount of tryptophan. In fact, ounce per ounce, turkey only contains about two-thirds the amount of tryptophan that pumpkin seeds do. myfooddata.com/articles/h…
There’s a tree whose fruit naturally explodes, shooting its seeds up to 100m away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
Scallops have up to 200 eyes, each the size of a poppy seed, that contain a miniature mirror made up of millions of square tiles nytimes.com/2017/11/30/sc…
Today I learned that popcorn is not the only grain or seed that pops. There are several others, most of which don't have the annoying hulls that get stuck in your teeth! bonappetit.com/test-kitch…
Three border collies have been trained to run around a Chilean forest devastated by wildfire while wearing special backpacks that release native plant seeds. greenmatters.com/living/2…
The heart shaped seeds of the Silphium plant is why we associate hearts with romance. Besides being used in food and medicine, Silphium was one of the first genuinely effective birth control. It's believed the Romans drove it to extinction. bbc.com/future/story/2017…
Three founders funded their startup by scraping their savings together to send one of them who was a professional poker player to play in a tournament. He won $30,000 which served as seed funding for Bloomnation which is a very successful firm today. articles.bplans.com/bloom…
Black pepper and white pepper are actually the same plant. Black = cooked and dried unripe fruit, white = ripe fruit seeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Fruit basically exists because animals like to eat it and poop the seeds thus germinating the plant and increasing it's long term survival as a species. phys.org/news/2018-10-evi…
In sports when a player/team is described as being β€œseeded”, it is a metaphor for gardening: β€œbased on the idea of laying out a tournament ladder by arranging the players the way seeds or seedlings are arranged in a garden: smaller plants up front, larger ones behind.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See…
Some forests actually benefit from fires and depend on periodic fires to continue thriving. Certain types of pine trees have "fire cones", which remain sealed shut until the intense heat of a fire melts them and allows the seeds to be released afterwards. americanforests.org/blog/…
Apple trees grown from a seed will never produce fruit that tastes the same as another tree's; apples of one variety are all cloned from a single tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
The "heat" in a chili (level of capsicum) protects the plant against would-be mammal predators as their digestive system destroy the seeds, whereas bird's digestive systems encourage chili seeds to germinate. Additionally, the capsicum provides protection against harmful microbes. australiangeographic.com.…
Avocados depended on megafaunas to disperse its seeds. However, when the megafaunas became extinct, avocados survived primarily due to human cultivation. theplate.nationalgeograph…
Bananas can't reproduce but are one of the best diets for one's reproduction. The plants can't successfully make the cells it needs to reproduce, if it can't reproduce it can't make seeds, and that is why bananas (or seedless watermelons) don't have seeds. jamesandthegiantcorn.com/…
Nowadays, it’s rare to be served really hot mustard in restaurants, and mustard in jars and packets is rarely very spicy. The sinus-burning condiment once served at Chinese restaurants was just brown mustard seeds ground to a powder and mixed with a little water just before serving chowhound.com/food-news/1…
If you planted the seeds of a Granny Smith apple, you wouldn’t get Granny Smith apple trees. Apples aren’t β€œtrue to seed”. deepgreenpermaculture.com…
"True Potato Seeds" are what they call the actual seeds that come from a tomato-like fruit of the Potato plant. But all commercially grown varieties come from small or cut up pieces of the original tuber, called: "Potato Seed" gardeningknowhow.com/edib…
Apple seeds do not produce the same apples as their parent. To keep the same flavor, apple trees must be grafted. Every Honeycrisp apple you have ever eaten has come from the same tree, just split apart. starkbros.com/growing-gui…
Potatoes can produce fruits with seeds in them! Their flowers resemble to that of the tomato family,and their fruits actually look like unriped tomatoes. Potatoes usually reproduce by vegetative propogation,but the cool weathers can favour sexual reproduction by producing flowers. canr.msu.edu/news/what_ar…
Sunflowers can help clean radioactive soil. Japan is using this to rehabilitate Fukashima. Almost 10,000 packets of sunflower seeds have been sold to the people of the city. japantoday.com/category/n…
Due to animals matching the output of acorns, oak trees will have a "Masting" year. A masting year will see a tree produce tons of extra nuts to prevent from all seeds being eaten. All trees in an area will do it at the same time for some unknown reason. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
After large animals went extinct, such as the mammoth, avocados had no method of seed dispersal, which would have lead to thier extinction without early human farmers. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Today I learned of the sandbox tree; a tree covered in spikes that produces a poisonous sap and that launches its seeds at speeds of around 160 MPH via explosions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
A coconut can be classified as nut, a fruit, AND a seed. loc.gov/rr/scitech/myster…
Several species of plants in wildfire prone areas have adapted unique features that use the fire itself for survival. From seed pods encased in resin that melt away during a fire to seeds that require the chemical signals from smoke and charred plant matter to break decades of seed dormancy britannica.com/list/5-ama…
There's a vault deep inside a mountain, between mainland Norway and the North Pole, that holds copies of the worlds seeds in case something happens to the smaller, worldwide seed banks. seedvault.no/
Today I learned of sensimilla which is a female cannabis plant that has been prevented from being fertilized and thus grows without seeds. The plant produces flower with a higher THC content since it is no longer putting energy into producing seeds. coloradopotguide.com/mari…

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