Well, yes, Mushrooms are sort of related to plants, but not. Fungi are not animals, for sure. Like plants, they do have a root system and also bloom, the mushroom itself is the bloom, for reproductive purposes. But mushrooms lack the green chlorophyll that’s absolutely essential for true plants to create food for themselves. An […]
Mushrooms have a lot of nutritional value, but not enough to risk eating one in the wild, for sure, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Identifying mushrooms is extremely difficult even for the experienced. Store-bought mushrooms are a good source of several vital nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium. They’re also high […]
Although we use tomatoes as vegetables, they are actually classified by botanists as fruits because they contain seeds inside their juicy, pulpy tissue. In fact, the tomato is considered to be a berry, much like the strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry. Aside from tomatoes, several other foods that we usually term vegetables are considered fruits. These […]
China grows the most peanuts in the world, and India is second. Surprisingly, the U.S. grows less than 10 percent of the world’s peanut supply. However, as you’d suspect, most U.S. peanuts are grown in Alabama and Georgia. The orange veined, yellow flower of the Peanut plant grows in clusters above ground. After self-pollination, the […]
What is the Difference between Peas and Beans and how do you tell Black-Eyed Peas and Navy Beans apart?
Peas and Beans are very closely related in that they’re all legumes, a group of plants that are nutritionally beneficial to humans. Legumes, Latin for “seedpods”, include clover, alfalfa, mimosas, rosewood, indigo, peanuts, beans, and peas. All of these plants share the unique ability to glean nitrogen from the air around them, instead of strictly […]
Why do Carnivorous Plants Eat Insects when they get their Food and Nutrients from the Soil like other Plants?
Carnivorous plants do get nutrients and energy from the soil and air. However, carnivorous plants live in boggy areas where the soil lacks many nutrients that most plants need to survive. Bug supplements make it possible for these plants to live in their natural habitat. Charles Darwin first wrote about carnivorous plants in 1875. There […]
Despite its perceived resemblance to the outer female reproductive organs, apparently noticed by very lonely gardeners, the orchid was actually named after male genitalia. The name orchid comes from the Greek orkhis, meaning “testicle.” It was adopted because of the orchid’s testicle shaped root. This resemblance may have led to the belief that orchids were […]
One man’s meat is another man’s poison, as the old saying goes, and some flowers put this theory to the test. Carrion flowers, also known as stinking flowers, is the name given to several different species of plants, usually members of the lily family, that all use the same process for pollination, a gross, stinky […]
Yes, it’s true that peach pits, or peach seeds are poisonous. When ingested, peach pits release what’s called hydrogen cyanide, a gas that, in enough quantity, will kill you. Fresh almonds also release hydrogen cyanide gas when digested. Inadvertent cyanide poisoning happens periodically in countries like Turkey where fresh almonds are regularly eaten, roasting eliminates […]
Well, yes, some carnivorous plants do eat animals like in the Little Shop of Horrors. Carnivorous plants that eat insects have been known, on rare occasions, to eat tiny amphibians and baby fish that inadvertently land within their jaws. However, if you’re looking for a giant plant that eats big mammals or something, I’m afraid […]
Humans can survive on grass longer than if you had nothing to eat, but grass, along with most other plants can’t sustain a human for very long without other nutrients in the diet. This excludes legumes. It is because humans can’t digest plant matter very well, and we only get one chance after we swallow […]
What else can Soybeans be made into besides meat, cheese and milk and why was Henry Ford facinated with it?
Soybeans can be made into animal feed, oils that go into ice cream, soap, explosives, salad dressing, biodegradable plastic, adhesive, diesel fuel, paint, linoleum, ink, cosmetics, faux leather, and a whole lot more. Henry Ford was so enamored of the soybean that he tried to make an all-vegetable car in the 1930s, and was the […]
There’s no specific one mushroom that we could find that is an aphrodisiac, it’s just an old adage about mushrooms in general being aphrodisiacs. Although many people say they find their shapes and textures erotic and sensual, there’s no evidence whatsoever that mushrooms contain anything that would incite lust upon consumption. As a matter of […]
There are thousands of corn hybrids, but almost all fall into six general groups. The most common variety grown in the United States is dent corn, used for chemicals and animal feed. Sweet corn is the kind most people consume, on or off the cob; its sugar doesn’t convert to starch, so it is sweeter […]
Have Mushrooms always been a Delicacy enjoyed by Royalty and the Rich or is it just the Latest Status Symbol Craze?
Despite their instant availability to rich and poor alike, mushrooms have long been considered the food of kings. Consider the historical prominence the mushroom has enjoyed on the dinner table of the rich and powerful. In ancient Egypt, mushrooms were considered such a delicacy that only pharaohs were allowed to eat them. And remember ancient […]
Not all mushrooms are toadstools, only the ones that’ll kill you. And that’s where the name comes from. The German word for poisonous mushrooms is todesstuhl, meaning “death’s stool.” English speakers heard “toad stool,” and this botched translation stuck. Since many mushrooms do resemble little chairs, it wasn’t too hard to imagine little forest toads […]
How did the Touch Me Not or Sensitive Plant get its Name and how does it Close its Leaves when you Touch it?
The incredible touch me not plant, or Mimosa, is a most fascinating plant and is found all over the world. It is a member of the mimosa family, also known as humble plant, or shameful plant and isn’t related to ferns at all. The touch-me-not, better known in some places as the “sensitive” plant, instantaneously […]
The name Canola came from the combination of the two words Canada and oil. Hundreds of years ago, Asians and Europeans used rapeseed oil in lamps. And as time past, people employed it as a cooking oil and added it to foods. Considered only a specialty crop in Canada not too long ago, canola has […]