In reading Henry Williams’ 1903 collection Curious Facts, I came across the description of a tree that grows on the plateaus of Venezuela: The sap of the cow tree, as its name implies, resembles milk, both in look and taste. A slight balsamic taste has been reported by some naturalists who have drank of the strange […]
Plants are known for using the sun’s energy to produce chemical energy in a process called photosynthesis. This is something we all learned in grade school science, but what often isn’t addressed is the slugs that also use photosynthesis! Yes, a couple species of sea slugs in the genus Elysia have found a way to incorporate chloroplasts […]
Argan oil is mainly produced in Morocco and can be found in many products from food to hair care. The strange part is not where it is produced, but that it historically involves tree-climbing goats.
There is a reason why you cannot buy cashews in the shell. Cashews are poisonous if they aren’t processed properly. That’s no big surprise considering they are in the same family as poison ivy. In fact, its toxin, urushiol, is the same allergen that gives poison ivy its itch.
1759, February 17, Thomas Siddal, gardener, at Chester, took up a potatoe, weighing seventeen pounds four ounces, measuring, in circumference, thirty-eight inches, and, in length, forty-seven inches and a half. –Annual Register, 1759, p. 72. Since 1759, a few larger potatoes have been found. The largest being found in December of 2008 by Khalil Semhat […]