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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 »

Soybean - Believe it or Not!

Soybeans contain all 8 amino acids, all of which are essential for human nutrition. Here are some more amazing facts about Soybean: • Soybeans are 18% oil and 38% protein. • Most baked breads, cookies, crackers, pies and cakes contain soy oil. • Soy-based oils are used as lubricants and can withstand higher »

Sharing is Caring: Cotton

‘Cotton’ is said to come from the Arabic word ‘kutun’ or ‘qutun,’ which refers to any fine fabric. This should not be a surprise since woven fabrics made from the fluffy fiber of the Cotton plant first became popular in the Islamic world. When Europeans adopted Cotton from the Middle »

Cotton Tips

Cotton has been around a very long time. Seeds dating back to 450 BC were found in Peru. Man has been cultivating and processing fabrics from Cotton fibers since at least 3000BC, making it the oldest known textile. But the very oldest found Cotton dates back twice as far to »

Cotton - Believe it or Not!

Did you know Cotton can be grown in different colors – Off white (normal), brown, rust and even light purple? Here are some more interesting facts about Cotton. • Cotton is stronger when it is wet. Unlike other cellulosic fibers (rayon, wood pulp) which lose strength when wet. This is important for »

Sharing is Caring: Apricot

The origin of the Apricot is uncertain hence often disputed and unsettled. Many believe it originated in Armenia while others believe it originated in China. Another belief is that Apricots originated in Asia more than 4,000 years ago, migrating to Persia and the Mediterranean. However, Seeds of the Apricot »

Apricot Tips

Apricot trees grow best in light, loamy soil. They are also resistant to drought. Here are few tips that can make your life with Apricot: • Refrigerating Apricots will dramatically impair their ripening process. Leave them out at room temperature until they are ripe, and then refrigerate them. • Apricots do not »

Apricot - Believe it or Not!

Did you know that one Apricot has only 17 calories? However, there are certain other facts that are even more interesting. Here are the few facts: • Apricots are a member of the rose family. • The Apricot is a small tree, 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, with a trunk »

Sharing is Caring: Radish

The origin of Radishes is most likely China, and they have been cultivated since 2700 BC. Radish crops spread through to Europe in the 1500s. However, some scientists tentatively locate the origin of Raphanus sativus in South-East Asia, as this is the only region where truly wild forms have been »