Agriculture trivia

by Kim Cooper

Do you enjoy discovering interesting facts about life and the things around us? There is so much to learn, including information about agriculture and food you may not know.

Popcorn pops because water is stored in a small circle of soft starch in each kernel. As the kernel is heated, the water heats, the droplet of moisture turns to steam and the steam builds up pressure until the kernel finally explodes to many times its original volume.

There are about 7,000 cherries on an average cherry tree. The actual number of cherries varies depending on the age of the tree, weather and growing conditions. It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie.

Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family. Darker green lettuce leaves are more nutritious than lighter green leaves.

The average person can live about a month without eating any food, but can only live about a week without water.

The plant pigment that gives carrots and other vegetables their vivid orange/yellow colour is Beta-Carotene. Our bodies convert Beta-Carotene into Vitamin A, which helps your body fight infection, and keeps your skin and hair healthy.

About two-thirds of all eggs are sold in the shell and the other one third of them is broken - not by accident, but on purpose. After these eggs are broken out of their shells, they can be made into liquid, frozen, dried, and specialty egg products.

The egg shell may have as many as 17,000 tiny pores over its surface. Through them, the egg can absorb flavours and odours. Storing them in their cartons helps keep them fresh.

A hive of bees flies over 55,000 miles to bring you one pound of honey. A honey bee can fly 15 miles per hour. Honey bees must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

There are over 500 different types of bananas. The banana plant can grow as high as 20 feet tall. Bananas are about 99.5% fat free and are a great source of potassium, which helps build muscle power and keeps your body fluids in balance.

Food can only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva.

An acre of trees can remove about 13 tons of dust and gases every year from the surrounding environment. Almost a third of the world’s total land area is covered by forests. Every year in the North America, each person uses the equivalent of one tree (100 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter) to fulfill their wood and paper needs.

Pasta made its way to the New World through the English who found it while traveling through Italy. But noodles got their start in China and not Italy as many people might think.

The average dairy cow produces 22.5 quarts of milk each day. That’s about 16,000 glasses of milk per year, enough for about 40 people. One cow can give 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.

It takes about three hours for food to be broken down in the human stomach.

Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agricultural website at:

Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 45 years. He can be reached at:

You can also follow him on Twitter at ‘theAGguy’

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