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Sharing is Caring: Apple

In Greek mythology, apples are regarded as precious and sometimes magical. Legends such as that of the golden apple that would be given to the fairest goddess use the apple as a symbol for knowledge and immortality. The apple is a common symbol of education. According to Norse mythology, apples »

Apple Tips

Deciduous trees are plants that shed fruit or leaves when they reach maturity. Half of all deciduous fruit trees used for fruit production are apple trees. The countries that produce most of these trees are China, the United States, Poland, Italy, and Turkey. Here are some tips about apples: • Apples »

Apple - Believe it or Not!

Did you know that there are about 7500 varieties of apples all across the world? Here are some more amazing facts about the fruit: • The largest apple ever grown was a Japanese Hokuto apple that reached just over 4 pounds. For reference, the average eating apple weighs about 1/3 »

Sharing is Caring: Jute

Jute has been shown to exist in the Bronze Age in Iran. Historical documents state that the poor villagers of India used to wear clothes made of jute. Simple hand-looms and hand spinning wheels were used by the weavers, who used to spin cotton yarns as well. History also suggests »

Jute Tips

• Jute has high tensile strength, and low extensibility. • Jute is one of the most versatile natural fibers that has been used in raw materials for packaging, textiles, non-textile, and agricultural sectors. • Jute stem has a very high volume of cellulose that can be procured within 4-6 months, and hence it »

Jute - Believe it or Not!

Jute is a natural fiber with golden & silky shine, and hence nicknamed as The Golden Fiber. Here are some more interesting facts about Jute. • Jute is the cheapest vegetable fiber procured from bast of the Jute plant and it falls into the category of bast fibers (other bast fibers »

Sharing is Caring: Coriander

Coriander has another name that is cilantro. Cilantro is actually the Spanish term for coriander. It has a very vivid history in the world. It has been around for many thousands of years. While there is no accurate knowledge of where it originally comes from, it is thought to have »

Coriander Tips

Coriander is a shrub. Because it is a plant, it is natural to wonder if the coriander can be consumed raw or cooked. • The concept of cooking with coriander plants stems from the belief that the coriander plant can be used as a spice. It has been used for much »

Coriander - Believe it or Not!

• Coriander can reach 20 inches in height. • Size and shape of coriander leaves depend on their position on the stem. Fan-shaped, deeply lobed leaves can be seen at the base of the plant. Feathery leaves are typical for the flowering stalks. • Coriander develops miniature, asymmetrical flowers that are usually white »

Sharing is Caring: Soybean

The Soybean has been around for centuries. According to the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy, the first users and domesticators of the Soybean were believed to be the Chinese in the northeast part of the country, sometime around the 11th Century. It is also known as the soya bean. »

Soybean Tips

The Soybean is called the “Miracle Bean” because of its amazing versatility. Soybeans are used in a variety of consumer and industrial products. Soy oil can be converted to biodiesel fuel with a process called “transesterification”. This eco-friendly fuel has proven to burn cleaner than traditional petroleum-based fuels. Here are »